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Donation helps Newport group support vulnerable people

Author | 04 August 2020

A Newport food share project that supports vulnerable people in the town has received a donation from a regional housebuilder to help it buy a van in order to continue its food delivery service, especially during the Covid-19 crisis.

The Food Share Project received £1,000 from Persimmon Homes West Midlands thanks to its Community Champions scheme, which has run since 2015.

The scheme is currently supporting groups that help the over-70s for the foreseeable future, with two donations of up to £1,000 available every month in the region.

Persimmon Homes West Midlands, which believes in supporting the communities where it builds, has already provided new homes in Newport at Meadow Grove, Wellington Road, and is currently building in the town at Oak Tree Gardens.

The Food Share Project is a climate change waste project currently operating in Shropshire under the umbrella organisation Connect Aid CIC. The purpose of the project is to work in partnership with local food stores to collect and distribute local surplus food before it goes for incineration.

Spokesperson Lea Beven said: “The Newport branch of the Food Share Project started earlier in the year thanks to Fiona Asson and her dedicated team. In March, we had to quickly adapt and become an outreach, supplying more than 100 vulnerable households in Newport with food parcels per week.

“The branch had already been busy fundraising which had contributed towards the purchase, by the parent organisation, of a second-hand refrigerated former supermarket delivery van. It is being used to achieve the outreach deliveries and the chill facility enables the distribution of waste chilled food as well as the usual ambient food. This further donation from Persimmon Homes West Midlands means that the organisation can now buy the van outright, which is marvellous.”

David Greengrass, head of sales for Persimmon Homes West Midlands, said: “We try to support communities where we build, and the Newport branch of the Food Share Project is clearly providing an invaluable service. We are delighted to be able to support them in this way.”

To find out more information Community Champions, or to nominate a charity or organisation that supports the over-70s, visit

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