Apex redirecting food to support local families
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, almost a tonne of food is being delivered every week to households in need across Derry~Londonderry thanks to a partnership between Apex Housing Association and the charity Fareshare.
The surplus food supplies, collected by Fareshare from local supermarkets including Tesco and Asda, are being delivered by Apex to four areas (DEAs) of the city – Ballyarnett, Foyleside, The Moor and Waterside – with emergency food parcels and hot meals then being distributed by local groups.
Donna Matthewson, Apex Director of Housing, explains:
Over the last number of years we have developed an excellent relationship with Fareshare, delivering fresh food to eleven local charities on an on-going basis.
Recently we have seen the impact Covid-19 has had on families in this city and this new service with Fareshare has been established as a result. We are delighted to be able to assist in redirecting these vital food supplies to those who need them most. Feedback from community groups has been fantastic and we hope to continue this service for the duration of the pandemic.
Ciara Ferguson from Greater Shantallow Area Partnership commented:
This service has allowed us to provide much needed food parcels for those who have negatively impacted by the Covid-19 crisis. The food is of great quality and variety and the extra help means the world to our local families whose incomes have been reduced as a result of the pandemic.
If you or someone you know is struggling to afford or access food during the Covid-19 pandemic, please contact your local DEA partnership office: