In December 2019, we made a decision to tackle food poverty and insecurity in our local communities. When the Covid-19 pandemic hit we were well on our way to realising our vision of opening Angus’s first Social Supermarket.
Due to the urgency of the situation, Community First UK concentrated all our efforts on supporting our local communities during the COVID-19 pandemic by providing free S-Mart Grocery Packs to those who needed a helping hand.
People who may have never considered using anything other than a supermarket for their weekly food shop were suddenly facing the prospect of having to make difficult choices at the end of the month, when the bills come in and their wages no longer cover their outgoings.
The work we had already done in planning the S-Mart Social Supermarket put us in a strong position to act fast in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
We had already developed a great relationship with Fareshare, who were providing low cost, high quality food and much of the infrastructure was already in place for receiving, storing and distributing the food.
We quickly submitted funding applications and were successful with Corra Foundation, National Lottery Awards for All, National Emergency Fund, The Hunter Foundation and Foundation Scotland.
Local residents and businesses were incredibly generous. Businesses such as Forfar Removals, Clova Hotel, The Carnoustie Sick Nurses Association and Mackie Motors and of course our dedicated team of friends, family and volunteers, who’s support was absolutely pivotal in helping us help our community during one of the most challenging times of all of our lives, the result, 35,991 meals provided to people affected by COVID19 across Angus between April 18th and July 31st 2020.
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