Milton Keynes City Council has given an extra £80,000 to MK Foodbank to support more families struggling during the cost-of-living crisis. The Council already provides support to the Foodbank and other local charities to the value of around £1M, including funding the build of a new warehouse to help them with their important work.
Now, the City Council is giving extra cash to help create 88 new MK Foodbank ‘top-up shops’ which help families struggling financially to buy food cheaply without having to rely on food parcels. Each top up shop is expected to help around 70 MK families, reaching more than 6,000 in total. In addition, some of the new funding will be spent on more than 1,500 food parcels for families who are struggling to make ends meet.
The investment is part of a range of wider assistance being announced in the City Council’s Winter Plan, which goes to Cabinet in November and includes extra funding for projects that provide food, offset or reduce energy bills, or give access to domestic essentials. Last week, MK City Council declared a ‘cost-of-living emergency’ and has already allocated more than £18m in support for struggling residents.
Families struggling with the cost of food over the school holidays are also being supported by the City Council as it set aside £700,000 for supermarket vouchers.
A full list of support is available on the City Council’s cost-of-living webpage.