20th Jan, 2021

Coventry Dining Club at Foleshill Community Centre tucks into the battle against child hunger

A POP-UP dining event held at Foleshill Community Centre will help provide free meals for children during the holidays.

It is part of the city-wide effort to ensure no families go hungry.

People gave donations in return for some fine food and contributions came in from across the city, including MP Taiwo Owatemi, Coventry Cathedral and Mogan and Mogan.

The initial target for the Coventry Dining Club event was £5,000, but it generated more than treble that amount with the figure currently at over £17,000.

Companies at the event included local firms Paneer Wrap Street Food Company and Libertine Burger.

Coun Faye Abbott, Chair of Feeding Coventry, said it was a great success for a brilliant cause and she hoped similar events would be held across the city.

“The money raised will really make a difference to young people and families in Coventry during these very difficult times.

“I’d like to thank all those who help to organise the event and everyone who attended for helping our city to show that it cares and that we will not let people go hungry.”

There was a massive effort to provide free school meals during half-term and anyone needing support was signposted to their nearest ‘grub hub’ to register and receive a basic food parcel.

Among the organisations rising to the challenge were Aldermoor Food Hub, Canley Food Hub, Cheylesmore Food Hub, Foleshill Community Centre, Henley Green Community Centre, Hope Centre, Hope Community Projects, Stoke Health Community Centre and Willenhall Food Hub

Coventry Food Network, made up of foodbanks, grub hubs, social supermarkets and a range of voluntary, community and statutory organisations, co-ordinated the food offer during the week.

Coun George Duggins, Leader of Coventry City Council, said: “These are very difficult times for many families and in Coventry we are determined to give a little extra help to those who need it.

“It was typical of the generosity of Coventry people and showed once again what a caring city we live in.”

There is still time to donate to the Dining Club’s appeal.

Visit justgiving.com/crowdfunding/feedingcoventry to pledge cash.

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