Archbishop’s Food Voucher Scheme reopens after distributing £93,000

The ‘Archbishop’s Food Voucher Scheme’ was launched in December 2020. By distributing digital supermarket vouchers, the scheme provides short-term relief to those suffering food poverty as a result of COVID-19.

To date, a total of £93,360 has been distributed across 29 parishes and 47 schools throughout the diocese. The first round provided vital assistance in the run-up to Christmas, supporting over 5,000 individuals across South Wales and Herefordshire. The second round of funding was distributed to schools and parishes in February 2021 to continue this support.

The scheme is making a positive difference to people’s lives. Reports show how these vouchers have helped asylum seekers, families relying on free school meals or waiting for universal credit payments. This support has helped those who have lost jobs or faced reduced hours in hard hit sectors of the economy. Families struggling with parent or child illness, victims of domestic abuse and those struggling with bereavement have all benefited.

This level of support has been made possible through the extraordinary efforts of parish priests and volunteers helping their communities. In writing to schools and parishes, Archbishop George reiterated his gratitude for the important work being undertaken to relieve food poverty exacerbated by the pandemic.

Archbishop George continued:

‘thanks to the generosity of individuals and funders, the Diocese of Cardiff will be able to distribute in excess of £127,000 worth of supermarket vouchers. I am also pleased to report that Lenten Alms collected throughout the diocese will be allocated to this important project’.

The Archdiocese is pleased to announce a third round of funding for the Archbishop’s Food Voucher Scheme. Applications will be welcomed from Monday 22nd March 2021 until Friday 2nd April 2021. Further details will be distributed to schools and parishes by the Food Programme Team shortly.

Donations to support this work are welcomed. To contribute visit https://rcadc.org/portfolio- item/archbishops-food-voucher-appeal/

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