Cambridgeshire Freemasons Helping Trumpington Food Hub

TFH1Jackie Colvill (l) and Katie Thornburrow (r)
with some helpers at the food hub

 

Nourse Lodge, in Cambridge, has raised £500 to support the Trumpington Food Hub.

The Trumpington Food Hub opened in May 2020, in the local Trumpington Pavilion on Paget Road. It is open on Fridays from 12 noon to 2pm and is funded by the City Council and other local community funding. It was set up by ward councillor Katie Thornburrow and local resident Claude Grewal-Sultze and is run by volunteers, coordinated by local resident Jackie Covill.

The hub is one of three that opened within a week in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and it brought the number in Cambridge to seven. The drive for the hubs comes from the work of Cambridge Sustainable Food which is coordinating the many local organisations that have formed the Food Poverty Alliance.

The hub is a place where anyone can ‘self-refer’ and visit to select some of the range of food on offer. Most is perishable food that has passed its sell by date but is still within the use by date and has been donated by local businesses and individuals. There are usually lots of vegetables, fruit, and bread, all good quality and sufficient to make nutritious meals. There is also a selection of non-perishable cans, pasta, cereals, and some toiletries.

Katie Thornburrow, Ward Councillor, said: “The team of twenty or so volunteers regularly provides food for between eighty and one hundred and fifty adults every week, showing just how much this service is needed in Trumpington. All support is gratefully received, including food donations, and the monies received from Nourse Lodge in Cambridge will help support our long-term objective of helping the community on a more permanent basis.

In these difficult times many people have found that the food hub can help them, and we are enormously grateful for your consideration and donation.”

Stephen Teverson, WM of Nourse Lodge, said: “We are delighted to be able to support such a worthy local based Charity which provides such excellent support to the local community.”

The donation of £500, included £250 match funding from “The City and Universities Bethel Scheme” within Cambridgeshire Freemasonry.

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