Somerset County Council has pledged £125,000 of additional support for families in Somerset who may be struggling to find food this winter. They want to ensure no child or adult in Somerset goes hungry.
The aim is to meet the immediate need for food, and work with the family to address underlying needs. This is because if a child is hungry there are usually other issues which the family need help to address – such as finances, housing, mental health and well-being, employment, and skills.
Throughout the pandemic the Coronavirus Helpline has been providing information, advice and support to families, adopting the same community orientated approach as that developed in the Adults Service. The Village Agents’ offer to families has been extended so that they can get support to address underlying issues and regain, or retain, their ability to be as independent as possible.
This has enabled many families in Somerset to get the support they need to become more resilient. One element of this has been to make sure families can access nutritious meals – this remains a focus of work for the Village Agents.
The Coronavirus Helpline now includes the option to access food support for families during half term and any family in need should contact the Coronavirus Helpline on 0300 790 6275 and select Option 1.