Community Cares Fund

We’ve introduced the East of England Community Cares Fund, diverting our community funds to help local community groups and charities in our supported areas of young people’s mental health and wellbeing, food poverty, reducing food waste and supporting our ageing population. The Fund has been supported by our members who have generously donated over £139,000 from their dividend.

So far, we’ve donated

 

£294,354

 

to local good causes

Helping to combat holiday hunger in our local communities 🥫🍽️

Despite the government announcement to extend the free school meal voucher scheme, it is likely the planned end to the job retention scheme and the impact of the coronavirus crisis on the economy and local businesses, will see an increase in demand for foodbanks over the summer holidays.  
We want to do as much as possible to support our local foodbanks, whose dedication and commitment ensures that vulnerable members of our community do not go without. 

Local good causes we’ve helped

Gatehouse Foodbank, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

“While members of the public have been incredibly generous with food donations over the lockdown period, it has been a huge challenge to ensure that those who need our services continue to receive them at the most challenging of times. We are very grateful for the support we continue to receive from the East of England Co-op in helping us reach the most vulnerable in our communities – a number that is continuing to rise.”

Amanda Bloomfield, CEO

Karalius Foundation, Essex

“I would like to thank the East of England Co-op for their generosity. This will make a massive difference to the welfare of our children. The £300 will enable us to help support the children throughout the summer with hygiene packs and essentials".

Samantha Kershaw, Community Relations Lead

Leeway Domestic Violence and Abuse Services, Norfolk

“We are extremely grateful for the generous donation by the East of England Co-op, which will support the work that we do with children and young people in Norfolk who have experienced domestic abuse. Our dedicated children’s and young people’s service helps them to come to terms with their experiences and build positive relationships."

Mandy Proctor, CEO

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