The Real Junk Food Project (TRJFP), run from the Gatis Community Space, were awarded £3,000 from the Foundation’s Coronavirus Resilience Fund.

The funding has allowed them to purchase a new van which will help them continue collecting ‘waste’ food that’s distributed to people in Solihull and Birmingham. 

One of those to have benefitted from the service is Denise, a resident who is considered as ‘higher risk’:

“I’ve been extremely grateful that the people at TRJFP started doing doorstep drop off deliveries as soon as Covid-19 restrictions were put in place.

 

“This has been a real lifeline and a big help for me it has minimized the amount of shopping I have had to do myself. It also really helped my mental health.

 

“I had a lovely surprise of a doorstep delivery with lots of produce including fresh fruit and vegetables. My first doorstep delivery even had fresh flowers, so lovely it cheered me up no end to know I had community support!

 

“Thank you to the Heart of England Community Foundation, your support has helped others support me on a personal level. Thank you for the grant to TRJFP, without their support and deliveries during the pandemic I really don’t know how I would have managed.”

Brenda, a volunteer for TRJFP said:

“I get such a lot out of volunteering, made new friends, learnt new skills help and support when needed and helping others really gives you a great satisfaction. I think of Gatis as my second family. I went through some rough times and they were always there for me.”

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