Charities urged to apply for Government scheme to help feed vulnerable
A leading West Midlands food supplier is urging charities to check their eligibility for a Government scheme to help them continue providing food for the vulnerable throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
Philip Mayling, director of family business MKG Foods in Aldridge, wants to raise awareness of the Food Charities Grant Fund, which he fears many charities may not know they could be eligible for.
The scheme allows front line food aid charities in England to apply for a grant of up to £100,000 if they are unable to meet an increased demand for food from vulnerable individuals or supporting charities throughout the pandemic.
MKG Foods usually supplies schools, hotels, restaurants, care homes and football clubs, including Birmingham City.
Following the impact of the pandemic, the independent business switched to offer deliveries to homes and charities across the West Midlands to cater for those struggling to get hold of items due to supply shortages or being unable to leave their homes.
The business is producing thousands of food boxes containing essential items including fresh fruit and vegetables, raw and cooked meats and tinned goods, which charities can order to be delivered in a short time frame. For every 10 boxes ordered, MKG Foods is pledging to provide an extra two boxes for free. Charities wishing to place an order for food boxes should email charity@MKGfoods.co.uk
Mr Mayling added: “From our conversations with charities across the region it has become apparent that many don’t know they could be eligible for funding from the Government to help provide food for those in need throughout the pandemic.
“Charity volunteers over 65 are at significantly higher risk during the current pandemic, and many are unable to pack food boxes as they are having to shield. We want to get the message out that support is available, and to help by providing readily prepared boxes requiring minimal contact.”
Originally founded in 1950 by Philip Mayling’s grandfather, Lewis Mayling, who initially ran a butcher’s in Yardley, Birmingham, MKG Foods has since become the UK’s leading independent food service distributor, employing 110 workers.