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Coronation Food Project awards more than £700,000 to charitable causes

  • Environment
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Social Inclusion

We are delighted to announce that the Coronation Food Project, an initiative of King Charles III Charitable Fund (KCCF), has awarded more than £700,000 to 33 organisations working to reduce food waste and food insecurity across the UK. 

The grants will help UK charities to improve access to food for the most vulnerable through both supporting existing successful initiatives as well as seed funding innovative ideas which could change the way we think and do things in the future. These grants recognise the vitally important efforts of charities across the country supporting communities most in need. They complement and enhance the Coronation Food Project’s overall aims, to create a fairer and more sustainable future by saving more surplus food, supercharging UK food distribution networks and supporting the wider sector with flexible funding.

Dame Martina Milburn DCVO CBE, Executive Chair of the Coronation Food Project said:

‘We know the crucial difference that grass roots organisations across the UK are making, supporting their local communities, tackling waste and reducing hunger. So, I am delighted that so many organisations are benefitting from a grant from the Coronation Food Project. We really hope that it makes a difference and gives a real boost to local people.’

One of the charities who will benefit from a Coronation Food Project grant is the Aberdeenshire North Foodbank. Our support will help to develop a growing space and market garden in a deprived part of the city, increasing the amount of fresh fruit and vegetables available and creating opportunities for 150 participants to grow their own food. Stephen Balfour said

‘This grant will help to secure the future of our Community Market Garden as we look at new ways to reduce dependency on emergency food provision. We are developing a place where social, economic and environmental challenges can be tackled in an inclusive, community-led project. Tackling food-related inequalities is one of today’s most urgent challenges if we are to stem the rising tide of hunger, obesity and diet-related ill-health. A range of different approaches is required to fully address healthy weight both supporting individual and wider environmental change.’

A Coronation Food Project grant will also improve mechanisms to deliver surplus food by supporting organisations such as Cambridge Sustainable Food. Our support will enhance their work to distribute surplus food to communities most in need and improve the management of volunteers who play a vital role in delivering their work. Sam Dyer said

‘We are absolutely thrilled to receive this award. It will make such a difference to ourselves, our volunteers and the people we serve. We are going to use the funds to build our volunteer base and increase the amount of surplus we collect.’

We are also delighted to have supported the Trussell Trust through a large grant. Our funding will provide crisis support to foodbanks in the Trussell Trust network, helping them to maintain a dignified service for people turning to them for help. In particular, our support will help to bridge gaps in warehousing, fuel, utilities, stock and volunteer management.

You can learn more about the organisations we have supported by clicking here or viewing our interactive map.

Future opportunities to apply for funding from the Coronation Food Project will be published on our website and social media channels @kingcharlesfund.