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/ 12 May 2017

New grant for Marylebone church to help most deprived in the community

Helpers preparing food at St Paul's Marylebone

A Westminster church will expand its work in the community thanks to a grant from the Evening Standard’s Dispossessed Fund.

St Paul’s Marylebone has been awarded funding through the Dispossessed Fund’s ‘Food for London‘ campaign, allowing the church to expand its work with the Marylebone FoodCycle.

The FoodCycle is a partnership between St Paul’s Church and West London Synagogue of British Jews, and uses local volunteers and donations of surplus food to provide meals for residents of the Lisson Green Estate, one of the most deprived areas of Westminster where the average life expectancy is 10 years less that of those living south of Marylebone Road.

Established in 2016, Marylebone FoodCycle has served almost 900 meals to needy residents, using food that would have otherwise gone to waste. Thanks to the grant from the Dispossessed Fund, St Paul’s will now be serving meals every Wednesday evening at 6:30pm.

The grant will also enable St Paul’s to launch three new projects in the community. These include:

  • Dinner In School Holidays (DISH) – This will provide a free meal for primary school children who would normally be provided this by their school during term time
  • Women’s Cookery Club – A club for women from North Marylebone to help build confidence in the kitchen, teach nutritional information, and encourage less household food waste
  • Newpin Drop-In – St Paul’s will also be supporting the Friday lunch time Drop-In at the Newpin Family Centre in Church Street which provides food, activities and advice for over-50’s in North Marylebone.

The Revd Clare Dowding, Rector at St Paul’s Church, said:

“Despite Marylebone’s reputation for affluence, St Paul’s Church works to improve the lives of some of the most deprived communities in Westminster. The grant we have received through the Evening Standard’s Disposed Fund will enable us not only to expand our work through Marylebone Foodcycle, but also to launch three new programmes, changing the way we reach out and help disadvantaged people in our community.”

Anyone wishing to make use of FoodCycle can drop in at St Paul’s Church at 6:30pm on Wednesday evenings. For those who wish to volunteer, you can do so by registering online at my.foodcycle.org.uk.

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