Dining Club event helps feed city families

Published Tuesday, 03 November 2020

A city community centre staged a special pop-up dining event to help provide free school meals for youngsters.

*Pictured: L-R: Colleen Fletcher MP, Helen Needham (Foleshill Community Centre), Cllr Faye Abbott, Dev Bhamara (Paneer wrap Street food Company), Chris Hardy (Libertine Burger) outside the community centre
*Pictured: L-R: Colleen Fletcher MP, Helen Needham (Foleshill Community Centre), Cllr Faye Abbott, Dev Bhamara (Paneer wrap Street food Company), Chris Hardy (Libertine Burger)

The event was held at Foleshill Community Centre and was part of a city-wide effort to help make sure no families went hungry in the school holidays.

People were asked to make a donation in return for some amazing food. Donations were made by people across the city, including MP Taiwo Owatemi, Coventry Cathedral and Mogan & Mogan.
Initially the Coventry Dining Club event was hoped to raise £5,000, but eventually raised more than treble that amount, with the figure currently standing at over £17,000.

Companies at the event included local firms Paneer Wrap Street Food Company and Libertine Burger.

Cllr Faye Abbott, Chair of Feeding Coventry, said: “It was wonderful to see such a great response to the Dining Club and for the community to come out and show their backing for such a brilliant cause. 

“The money raised will really make a difference to young people and families in Coventry during these very difficult times, and I’d like to thank all those who help to organise the event and everyone who attended for helping our city to show that it cares and that we will not let people go hungry. 

“We hope that the families who joined us on Friday enjoyed the Dining Club experience, which is something we hope to repeat at different venues around the city.

“The parents of Coventry have been supported once again by amazing people in our community, charities and ‘grub hubs’ who helped to design and deliver this last-minute response under very tough conditions.”

Across the city last week, there was a massive effort to provide free school meals.

Anyone needing support was signposted to their nearest ‘grub hub’ to register and receive a basic food parcel.  
A variety of organisations took part in communities across the city, including: Aldermoor Food Hub, Canley Food Hub, Cheylesmore Food Hub, Foleshill Community Centre, Henley Green Community Centre, Hope Centre, Hope Community Projects, Stoke Health Community Centre and Willenhall Food Hub

Coventry Food Network, which consists of foodbanks, grub hubs, social supermarkets and a range of voluntary, community and statutory organisations, co-ordinated the food offer during the week.

Cllr George Duggins, Leader of Coventry City Council, said: “These are very difficult times for many families and in Coventry we are determined to give a little extra help to those who need it.

“It was a wonderful effort last week that saw residents, groups and organisations  across the city come together to support others in their community and it made a very real difference to many families and young people.

“It was typical of the generosity of Coventry people and showed once again what a caring city we live in.”

There is still time to make a donation to support the Dining Club’s appeal by visiting their Just Giving page.

Coventry City Council