East Midlands Railway and Community Rail Partnerships fund local foodbanks to support families during COVID-19 crisis
East Midlands Railway (EMR) and Community Rail Partnerships (CRPs) have donated £2500 to foodbanks across the East Midlands to support families who are facing difficulties due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
|East Midlands Railway (EMR) and Community Rail Partnerships (CRPs) have donated £2500 to foodbanks across the East Midlands to support families who are facing difficulties due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Over the past few weeks, there has been increased demand on foodbanks due to the additional financial difficulties that many people are facing.
Not only are they receiving a greater number of referrals but they are also seeing a decline in food donations and food surplus supplies from food retailers. The foodbank staff and volunteers have to find alternative ways of getting food to those in most need.
The money donated by EMR will help purchase ‘top-up’ supplies for food parcels as well as helping towards the costs of operating home delivery services, such as vehicle hire and fuel costs.
The funding will go to the following foodbanks:
Will Rogers, Managing Director, EMR said: “The Community Development Fund is used to support initiatives that have significant impact in the wider communities EMR serves.
“We are delighted to be able to support these foodbanks across the East Midlands at such a difficult time for so many of our local communities.”
|Bev Parker, CEO of Rural Action Derbyshire said “We are extremely grateful to EMR for this funding which means that we can help three foodbanks to purchase ‘top-up’ supplies for food parcels, helping to ensure that they are as balanced and nutritious as possible.
“There are 23 food banks across Derbyshire providing food for people who are in financial difficulties or who are vulnerable. We will be setting up a community giving page on our website very soon.
“Volunteers are always needed so please contact your local foodbank or volunteer online through the Community Response Unit page on the County Council website.”
CL Lewis, Senior Project Worker for the Lyme Trust said: “Thank you so so much from the bottom of the Lyme Trusts 83 resident’s hearts. This monetary donation will enable us to buy food that residents can cook, as well as toiletries at this time of extra need.
The usual food item donations have dramatically slowed down due to this crisis that everyone is feeling. Again thank you all so much.”
Chris Ladner, Parish Resource Officer for the Boston Foodbank said: “Every day people in the UK go hungry for reasons ranging from redundancy to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income. A simple box of food makes a big difference, with foodbanks helping prevent crime, housing loss, family breakdown and mental health problems.
“In these unprecedented times as a town, along with the rest of the country, our Foodbank has never been so important in supporting our community. Indeed, those using the Foodbank have increased considerably over the last month.
“The Boston Foodbank operates as a charity, relying on generous donations and food and money. This grant will be used to support those who are most in need within our community to help them through these tough times.”
If you would like to help support the foodbanks, details can be found below:
More News Articles
Striking New Artwork Unveiled at the Matlock Station Footbridge
An impressive 3.4 square metre artwork depicting a Midland Railway 1000 Class steam locomotive has transformed Matlock Station Footbridge..
This type of locomotive was a common sight in Matlock until the 1960s.
The Unveiling Ceremony was an opportunity to celebrate the transformation of the pedestrian approach to Matlock Station.
Pubs and pub walks in Derwent Valley
As lighter evenings begin to arrive, it's the perfect time for a pub walk in Derwent Valley, by train of course. Here are a few suggestions of places to visit where you can enjoy a stroll followed by a welcome pint or two.View
Celebrating a successful train service at Spondon
Public transport in Spondon has received a boost, thanks to a community campaign and the support of East Midlands Railway to improve the train service.View
We’ve been shortlisted!
We're delighted to have been shortlisted for the 2023 Community Rail Network Community Rail Awards, for a partnership project with The Heights of Abraham.View
New Year, new adventures ahead
Set a healthy and community-spirited New Year's intention by making sustainable transport part of your lifestyle in 2023.View
Family winter walks in Derwent Valley
Enjoy family-friendly winter walks in Derwent Valley this winter. Getting the train to your destination will feel like a festive adventure in itself!View
Amazing views in Derwent Valley
Soak up the last of autumn's colours and take in some of Derbyshire finest views. Get there by train on the scenic Derwent Valley line, where you'll also get a great view from the train window.View
Derwent Valley Line adopters attend Routes of Remembrance service
On Friday 10 November, Station Adopters from the Derwent Valley Line joined East Midlands Railway staff and other Community Rail Partnerships at Derby station for a Service of Remembrance.View
Feeling festive in Derwent Valley
The festive season is here! Get into the spirit with this selection of sparkling experiences in Derwent Valley.View
Books and literature in Derwent Valley
Derwent Valley is a book-lover's paradise! It's home to plenty of independent bookshops and literary connections, so hop on the train and start exploring.View
Autumn walks in Derwent Valley
Lace up your walking boots and enjoy an autumnal walk in Derwent Valley, by train.View
Annual Report 2022/23
We're pleased to share our Annual Report for 2022/23View
Museums and heritage by train
The Derwent Valley Line runs through the heart of the UNESCO Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, and is bookended by the historic city of Nottingham and the Victorian spa town of Matlock. History and heritage buffs will be spoilt for choice!View
All aboard: Whatstandwell and Ambergate
Hop on the train and explore these Derbyshire villages and surrounding countryside in less than 1 hour from Nottingham and 30 minutes from Derby.View
All aboard: Attenborough and Beeston
Explore Nottinghamshire towns and villages by train. Here are a few suggestions of places to visit.View
Enjoy afternoon tea in Derwent Valley
This Afternoon Tea Week, pour yourself a steaming cup of tea and take a look at our collection of the best places to enjoy in Derwent Valley.View
All aboard this summer!
School's out for summer, so here are our suggestions for family-friendly things to do in Derwent Valley.View
Volunteers needed at Matlock Bath
Could you be a Friend of Matlock Bath station?View
National Picnic Month in Derwent Valley
Celebrate National Picnic Month in Derwent Valley with our top places to eat al fresco.View
Celebrating the return of hourly services
We are delighted to see the return of hourly services between Matlock, Derby and Nottingham. On Tuesday 20 June we were joined by stakeholders and partners to celebrate this enhanced connection across the line.View