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Did you know that in Gloucestershire there are people going hungry? It may be hard to believe but, whether it is through the increased cost of living, redundancy, homelessness, illness or family breakdown, there are people who don’t know when they’re going to eat their next meal.

County Community Projects (CCP), one of Gloucestershire’s leading social care charities, recognises that whatever the reason, there is a gap to be filled between when the crisis comes to a head and when the longer term solution is found.

CCP is a Gloucestershire based charity that exists to improve the lives of children, young people, families and vulnerable adults with multiple and complex needs. It started life as the Young Homeless Project in 1989, providing temporary accommodation for young homeless people in Cheltenham. Today, the charity provides 58 units of supported accommodation for vulnerable young homeless people along with a broad and varied range of crisis and preventative services.

In addition to helping homeless young people the innovative charity also provides family and parenting support services, tenancy support to vulnerable adults, an Appropriate Adult service to support detainees awaiting police interview, and advocacy services. CCP also has its own Ofsted-registered Independent School for boys and girls aged 14 to 16 years and supports priority and prolific offenders into employment.

The success of CCP is, in part, derived from its ability to be responsive and flexible in responding to particular crises or needs as and when they arise. The big need at the moment is food. CCP, via its Foodshare Scheme, have for decades provided emergency food parcels for individuals and families in crisis, typically supplying around 400 parcels every year. However, in the last year alone, there has been an almost threefold increase in the numbers of parcels being distributed to over 1,000, resulting in a dire need for additional food supplies to help stock their empty food stores and ensure that hungry people in crisis get food when they need it most.

Each year CCP receives generous support from members of the public, churches, schools and businesses who supply them with the essential food items required, which in turn are packaged up and gifted to vulnerable and needy people to tide them over when they are in financial crisis. The food parcels are made up of nutritionally balanced meals, typically enough to last three days.

The service is a lifeline to those who benefit from it. One mother of four whose benefits were unexpectedly stopped for four weeks said to her Support Worker:

“We can’t thank CCP enough for the food parcel you gave us recently. It was really great.  We didn’t know what we were going to do to feed four children when we had no money.  There was a great selection of food and it lasted us for several days (and the children eat loads).  It was a life saver.  The people at the ‘Cheltenham 1st stop’ were so kind and really friendly; they were so helpful and didn’t make me feel awkward. They understood what it was like for us.  Thank you all so much, I don’t know what we would have done without it.”

Anyone can help by donating food or money to buy food as CCP urgently need to stock up on non-perishable items, such as rice, pasta, cereals, tinned fish and meat, sugar, coffee, tea bags, soup, biscuits, jam, custard, rice pudding, tinned fruit, or anything with a food shelf life.

Cordell Ray, CEO of CCP commented: “If you think you can’t help, consider this. Did you know that we throw away 8.3 million tonnes of food from our homes every year in the UK? Did you know that equates to UK households throwing away 25% of all the food we buy? And it’s not just about the negative effect it has on the environment, we are wasting good food that could be used by people who really do need it.”
So here’s an idea. If it’s hard to resistthe special offers promoted by supermarkets, including buy-one-get-one-free, half price offers, two for £x.xx offers, multi-buys, and more recently, buy one-get two-free, then buy them with CCP’s Foodshare Scheme in mind. Put one or two in your basket for your household and one for the Foodshare Scheme. Just two or three items a week on a regular basis would make an enormous difference to those in Gloucestershire who go hungry. You probably won’t notice the difference but you will make a difference.

CCP’s food collection point is at their Cheltenham 1st Stop, 301 High Street, Cheltenham. The facility provides information, advice and support services to people with multiple problems relating to homelessness, family breakdown, substance and alcohol misuse, mental health, criminality, training, education, employment and social deprivation.

Cheltenham 1st Stop is also the emergency food parcel distribution point, meeting the needs of people as soon as the need is identified, cutting through the red-tape that often delays help getting through as quickly as possible. Anyone can drop off food at Cheltenham 1st Stop, 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. CCP can also collect food.

Money can be donated too, either by debit or credit card or on line by visiting www.ccprojects.org.uk, by setting up a direct debit or by sending a cheque made payable to CCP to 15 Royal Crescent, Cheltenham, GL50 3DA. And if gift aid is applied, we will be able to purchase 28% more food.

For further information about CCP and the Foodshare Scheme, visit:

www.ccprojects.org.uk

www.facebook.com/ccprojects

www.twitter.com/ccprojects

Or email heather.sheridan@ccprojects.org.uk.