NEO Community Cafe is a charity which is addressing poverty and disadvantage and helping to upskill people from the local area.
NEO stands for ‘Need, Engaged and Organised’, and is a community centre offering a range of facilities and activities, including a café, arts room, counselling room, games room, kids’ holidays clubs, gardening projects, volunteer training and community shop.
People of all ages make use of the charity’s facilities, and the Steve Morgan Foundation has previously provided support for core costs.
More recently a grant has been awarded for a refrigeration van, to help with another innovative project from NEO, which has grown out of that community shop.
The charity has been working with the Feeding Britain campaign on a project to tackle food poverty in the community, and the van helped with their food interception programme to stock the community shop and provide free meals for children and families.
Food pick-ups are made seven days a week from a range of small and large supermarkets, as well as matchday collections of produce donated by supporters of Tranmere Rovers Football Club.
Previously the drivers had to use an increasingly ageing transit van which had completed almost 200,000 miles and had become very unreliable and was also ill-equipped to transport refrigerated food.