The Suffolk Coronavirus Community Fund was launched only a month ago by Suffolk Community Foundation in partnership with the National Emergencies Trust.
Now also supported by leading Suffolk organisations including Community Action Suffolk, Suffolk Association of Local Councils, East Anglian Daily Times, Suffolk County Council, District and Borough Councils and others members of The Suffolk Collective, Suffolk is fighting the impact of coronavirus together by raising vital donations of money, but also through gifts ‘in kind’.
This is where the latest donation of £120,000 from Vestey Food Group comes in. George Vestey, CEO of Vestey Food Group, former Suffolk High Sheriff and chairman of the Suffolk Community Foundation, instigated the gesture which could help thousands of people.
As a longstanding family business, Vestey Food Group have cultivated strong community links wherever we have an office, factory or depot – and the Coronavirus pandemic has brought into sharp focus the vital role that business can play in supporting their community. As a Suffolk man I am passionate about our County and, in my voluntary role as Chairman of Suffolk Community Foundation, I am enormously heartened by what they have already achieved to support people through this crisis through the creation of the Suffolk Coronavirus Community Fund. In only a matter of days, Suffolk has stepped up to support vital community projects across the board.
In this instance, our business has helped by donating two full articulated lorries of ready meals, snacks and drinks to support vulnerable people. Suffolk Community Foundation hooked us up with Fareshare and the emergency food distribution networks that they have, and together we are now able to make a significant impact on re-stocking the shelves of Suffolk foodbanks.
Michael Barrett, FareShare East Anglia Development Manager, said: “FareShare is committed to keeping going during the COVID-19 crisis, providing vital food supplies each week to charities and schools across Suffolk. We welcome the food donated by Vestey Foods which is needed now more than ever and will make a big difference for the projects and vulnerable people we serve.”
Donations like this are vital in helping charities and community groups in the county to continue to do their essential work. To learn more about the Suffolk Coronavirus Community Fund, or to make a donation, click the button below.