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Small business becomes support service for those isolating during coronavirus outbreak

Published August 07, 2020 12.39pm


Residents at risk during the coronavirus outbreak have been benefitting from free meals in lockdown thanks to the efforts of a small independent food business.

Hunger Hangout, in Leadgate, Consett, was awarded £10,000 through our Derwent Valley Area Action Partnership (AAP) which allowed the business to prepare and deliver free hot meals to elderly and vulnerable residents who have been self-isolating through the pandemic.

AAPs across the county have been given a share of £1.4 million by us to ensure local projects and support initiatives can continue to help those most in need in this difficult time.

Derwent Valley AAP, through its own coronavirus support funding, granted the maximum available to Hunger Hangout to go some way in helping it support the local community which it has been doing with its own resources despite being closed due to lockdown restrictions.

Derwent Valley Area Action Partnership can be contacted by e-mailing dvaap@durham.gov.uk or by contacting 07818 510365. For more information about Durham County Council's AAPs, visit our AAP web page

Help at a difficult time

Hunger Hangout has been providing free meals to those in need since the early stages of the outbreak, relying on local donations from residents and other businesses as well as its own business profits to run the service.

During lockdown the project received referrals from other organisations in the area and saw a large demand with 180 isolated households receiving weekly deliveries. Following the easing of restrictions, Hunger Hangout now delivers to around 160 households weekly.

Anthony Wright, of Hunger Hangout, said:"We were overwhelmed when the council agreed to help us and invest back into the local community. It has been a lifesaver for some of the most vulnerable in the area. It has allowed us to continue our work and help the elderly and most vulnerable and without this funding some of the people we support may not have been able to have a hot meal. To see their faces when we arrive, we know how appreciative they are for our help at this very difficult time."

For more information about Hunger Hangout visit the business' Facebook page at @hungerhangoutleadgate or call on 07596 747317.

Supporting the community

Corinne Walton, Derwent Valley AAP coordinator, said: "We are thrilled to have been able to support Hunger Hangout which, as a small local business trying to survive during these difficult times, is also supporting its local community first and foremost. Our grant has enabled free meals to be provided to around 68 local residents, per day, for the last three months which is fantastic."

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