The Mall Blackburn has donated £2,000 to support work to tackle food poverty in the local area this winter.
Money earmarked for the shopping centre’s Christmas festivities and additional funds from The Mall Blackburn’s owner, Capital & Regional, have been donated to support the work of the Blackburn with Darwen Food Resilience Alliance.
The alliance was formed out of the response to the first wave of the pandemic and is helping introduce the Covid Winter Grant – a Government scheme to support those most in need with the cost of food, energy, water bills and other essentials.
The Mall Blackburn has donated £2,000 to boost the coffers of the Covid Winter Grant.
Members of the Blackburn with Darwen Food Resilience Alliance include more than 40 organisations and departments.
The alliance is helping address food poverty and also the issues within current food systems. It aims to share knowledge to help people provide, grow and cook healthy food to improve the health and wellbeing of local residents.
Loraine Jones, General Manager at The Mall Blackburn, said: “We are delighted to be supporting the work of the Blackburn with Darwen Food Resilience Alliance this winter – it is playing a vital role in improving the health and wellbeing of our communities.
“Typically, these funds would be used for Christmas festivities at The Mall Blackburn but as this is not possible this year, we wanted to help vulnerable members of our local community during these difficult times.
“We are extremely grateful to Capital & Regional who also contributed to our donation.”
Cllr Julie Gunn, Executive Member for Children, Young People and Education, said: “This donation from The Mall Blackburn is incredibly generous and will go a long way to helping our most vulnerable families in the borough this winter.
“The Covid Winter Grant will go to those most in need, especially children who need our help and support this Christmas and beyond. I am so grateful to The Mall for helping to boost the fund in this way, it will make a big difference to those who need it most.”
Picture shows: Loraine Jones and Cllr Julie Gunn