The COVID-19 crisis is having a major impact right across Cardiff with many of our businesses and communities affected. 

One particular challenge is the increasing demand for basic food supplies, particularly to support the most vulnerable people, either those required to self-isolate or those suffering from the economic impact of the crisis.

A new appeal launched by the Leader of Cardiff Council to support people in need with emergency food and essentials throughout the COVID-19 crisis has been established to respond to this growing need, sourcing and delivering a regular supply of food and other essentials during this challenging time.

The appeal is the latest initiative to ensure people experiencing financial difficulties buying food and those who aren’t able to shop for themselves at this time have provisions. All of the money raised from the appeal will be spent on food and essentials.

Cardiff based Admiral pledged £50,000 to help launch the Cardiff Food Appeal, a new donation scheme that has funded the sourcing and delivery of food and other essential items to some of the most vulnerable people in Cardiff.

Two anonymous benefactors in the city have also contributed large sums, boosting the pot by a further £30,000. The money was donated following a letter written by Council Leader, Cllr Huw Thomas, to leading companies across Cardiff asking them to support the fund.

Cllr Thomas, said: “The COVID-19 crisis is having a major impact across the city and one particular challenge is food supply.  We are working hard to help those in need at this difficult time and have launched this appeal so that the local business community and members of the public can support our efforts by making a financial donation.

“We’re incredibly grateful to Admiral and the other two donors from the local business community for the substantial donations already made which will go a long way to making sure vulnerable people have provisions.

“We quickly established a service to source and deliver emergency food to our most vulnerable people who are self-isolating, and those suffering from the economic impact of the crisis. More than 1,400 emergency parcels have already been prepared for people in need and we are experiencing a significant swell in demand, combined with a reduction in food stocks because of that demand, so we need to do more to ensure our food supply is sustainable throughout the COVID-19 impact.

“We know that the current emergency is having a far-reaching impact on businesses in the city, communities and individuals, but we also know that there is an overwhelming desire to help our neighbours and fellow Cardiff residents. We’ve seen that in the fantastic response we’ve had to our Together for Cardiff volunteering scheme which now has more than 1,000 volunteers registered to support people in our communities, so  I am sure the provision of food to vulnerable and economically-impacted members of our community is an objective we all share and empathise with.

Anyone in need of support can contact the Adviceline on 029 2087 1071 or email advicehub@cardiff.gov.uk

To make a donation to the Cardiff Food Appeal, please visit www.cardiff.gov.uk/foodappeal