£10,000 donation helps fund food hampers

A £10,000 grant from the Steve Morgan Foundation has resulted in emergency food hampers being delivered to some of the most vulnerable people in society.

The Torus Foundation is the charitable arm of Torus, the North West’s largest affordable homes providers, and focuses on helping communities in Liverpool, Warrington and St Helens.

Before Covid-19 hit around 150 young people  a day would visit the organisation’s youth zone in South Liverpool to learn and get healthy in a fun and safe environment.

The rules on social distancing meant the Hub had to close to its young members so it’s been transformed into a base to store hundreds of non-perishable items such as tinned food, rice and pasta etc, which is being used to feed individuals or families for several days.

The Torus Foundation approached the Steve Morgan Foundation for help and was awarded £10,000 from the Covid-19 Emergency Fund to meet some of the costs of delivering essential support to hard-hit communities.

Jennifer Van der Merwe, centre manager at FireFit Hub, said: “The team has adapted to continue providing support and we’re delighted that our large sports hall can be put to good use during this time and accommodate the production line while we prepare hundreds of food hampers.”

Kate Shone, managing director at Torus Foundation said: “This donation is not only generous but crucial and we’re extremely grateful to the Steve Morgan Foundation. We’re both committed to putting people first and together we’re able to make a significant difference to many of our vulnerable members living within our communities.”

Steve Morgan has committed to give up to £1m a week during the first 12 weeks of Covid-19 to support some of the most vulnerable sectors of society across Merseyside, North Wales and Cheshire.

He said: “The enthusiasm and commitment to making a difference from the Torus Foundation was there for all to see  and I’m really pleased that food hampers will reach the people who most need them with a little bit of help from us.”

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