A South Manchester food club is the latest recipient of money from Manchester Airport’s Community Trust Fund, which provides financial support to community projects in the local area.
Old Moat Quids In Food Club allows those in receipt of Housing Benefit or Universal Credit in the M20 postcode, who pay in £2 each week, to receive up to £15 of fresh food.
The community food club have received £1,136 from Manchester Airport to purchase an industrial freezer in order to store other perishable goods and keep up with increasing demand. In December 2019, the fund announced a similar donation for Stockport Foodbank, to provide fridges.
Helen McNabb, Community Relations Lead at Manchester Airport, said:
We are always keen to support schemes such as this one, which offer a vital service to our neighbouring communities with very tangible benefits. Since our Community Trust Fund was set up in 1997, we have made over £3.5m of donations to local good causes and we look forward to continuing that support in the new decade.”
Each year, Manchester Airport donates more than £100,000 to the Community Trust Fund, as well as the income it receives from fines levied on aircraft exceeding noise limits when operating out of the airport.
The Community Trust Fund award grants to a maximum of £3,000 and meetings are held quarterly to allocate the funding. Local groups within a 10 mile radius of the airport can apply for the next round of funding online.
Started in 1997, The Manchester Airport Community Trust Fund has donated more than £3.5m to 1,571 local community, social and environmental groups in Greater Manchester and Cheshire.