Archbishop’s Food Voucher Scheme reopens after distributing £51,000

In December 2020 the Archdiocese of Cardiff launched the ‘Archbishop’s Food Voucher Scheme’. The initiative aims to provide over £100,000 in short-term support to individuals and families suffering food poverty as a result of COVID-19. The project involves the distribution of digital supermarket vouchers to those in need.

Click here to view the Archbishop’s Food Voucher Scheme Information Leaflet

In the period leading up to Christmas, £51,160 worth of supermarket vouchers were distributed across 27 parishes and 40 schools in the diocese. The Food Project Team would like to thank everyone involved in the first round for making this achievement possible.

The need for financial support, especially for families with school age children, continues to grow during the second National Lockdown. We are therefore pleased to announce a second funding round for the Food Voucher Scheme. Applications will be accepted between 1st – 16th February 2021.

Responding to the announcement of a second funding round, Archbishop George Stack said:

“I am grateful to everyone’s outstanding work in our parish and school communities during COVID-19. Your commitment and dedication are an example to us all. The second round of this project offers an opportunity to continue providing this vital support and I would ask you to take advantage of this funding”.

Parishes and schools that have distributed their Round 1 allocation of supermarket vouchers are urged to reapply. Any parishes and schools that did not apply in Round 1 are likewise encouraged to apply this time round. All parishes and schools should already have received an email explaining the application process. If you have any questions, however, please contact Nadine Salter for additional information at nadine.salter@rcadc.org.

If you would like to contribute to this important work, please visit the fundraising page at https://rcadc.org/portfolio-item/archbishops-food-voucher-appeal/ . Please also share news of this important initiative in any way you think appropriate so that we may reach out to those in need.

This initiative has been made possible owing to the generosity of the Albert Gubay Charitable Foundation, the National Lottery Community Fund and Barclays Bank