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31 March, 2022
Global’s Make Some Noise, the official charity of the Media & Entertainment group Global, has distributed grants to 60 small charities and projects across the UK following its determined fundraising efforts in 2021, The Larder being one of those charities.
We are an award-winning Social Enterprise, dedicated to the alleviation of poverty and for every person, regardless of their start in life, to reach their full potential, given the right time, space and support. We do this through educational and work pathway support for people unable to identify their next step and work exclusively with those who face multiple and complex barriers. Our social food project interrupts the national standard response to food poverty through meal deliveries, dining events, and cook and dine classes under the name ‘Catalyst Kitchen’. Through cafes and a bakery, we provide a space for trainees to gain work experience, a venue for social interaction, cohesion and community, as well as a platform for trading income.
The Larder are members of the West Lothian Food Network, which as a collective, have fed an average of 4,042 food insecure individuals since May 2019, in total providing 2,716,224 meals throughout West Lothian. Despite the fact that restrictions are now being lifted the economic outlook for West Lothian is not positive. Due to the rising cost of living, there remains a requirement for continued support and development for food insecure individuals, to ensure that those most in need, experiencing real hunger within West Lothian, do not go without.
As a result, The Larder’s food insecurity project, Catalyst Kitchen, has been granted £30,000 to increase access to good quality food within disadvantaged communities, encouraging and supporting people to make positive choices about food. This funding is thanks to the incredible generosity of listeners across Global’s radio brands - Capital, Heart, LBC, Classic FM, Smooth, Radio X, Capital XTRA and Gold.
Anglea Moohan, CEO, The Larder said: “At a time of global adversity, and the current, continued economic crises, many people in our community are unable to access their basic human rights, food. We cannot and will not allow this to continue to happen in 21st century Scotland. This funding, thanks to Global’s Make Some Noise, will help us continue on this path”
Emma Bradley, Director of Global Goodness at Global said: “It’s been an incredibly tough couple of years for everyone. With the cost of living continuing to increase many more people will turn to local groups for help, putting extra strain on their resources. So we’re pleased to be able to help small charities at the centre of communities and will continue to raise money and awareness for their vital work.”