Golding Homes helps tackle local food poverty in Maidstone

Lifestyle Cafe Employees Scott Olliver and Eloise Walsh

Golding Homes teamed up with Fusion Maidstone (healthy living centre) and the Life Café in Park Wood, Maidstone, last week to offer free lunch packs to those struggling to feed their family during the half-term.

The lunch packs were available to anyone who receives free school meals during term time and who might be struggling over the holiday period.

Golding Homes is also offering anyone unable to get to Park Wood who is eligible for free school meals a food voucher that covers the cost of the free school meals for a week.

Interim chief executive Sue Chalkley said: “We are pleased to be able to play our part in tackling local food poverty by working with our partners at Fusion Maidstone to help people who are struggling at this time.

“These free lunch packs and vouchers will go some way to stopping children going hungry over the holiday period.”

Chief officer at Fusion Maidstone Tracey Elmore said: “In these challenging times, we are delighted to work with Golding Homes to support vulnerable families in our community by offering them a free school meal via the Life Cafe during the holiday period. 

“Please come in and talk to our friendly staff about our full range of services to support your physical and mental health.”

As a local landlord, Golding Homes supports several charities in Kent and Maidstone, providing funding in recent months to Fareshare family foodbank, Salvation Army, and other local projects via its community chest fund.

“We understand these are tough times for people, with the pandemic having a devastating impact,” said Sue.

“We will be talking to our partners about what else can be done to help people in Kent as we want to do what we can to support agencies that are working to tackle child food poverty.”

Main image: Lifestyle Cafe Employees Scott Olliver and Eloise Walsh


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