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Food grant given to Solihull synagogue to help support the vulnerable

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Solihull Council has awarded just over £10,000 in grant funding to a local synagogue to support local families. The money will be used to provide hot meals for vulnerable residents during the pandemic.

The Solihull & District Hebrew Congregation is one of six organisations in Solihull to be awarded money from the Essential Food Grant as part of a more comprehensive support package from the Government.

The volunteer-run organisation emphasises a holistic approach, aiming to benefit the wider community and vulnerable individuals. On average, they deliver 90 meals a week, which means several residents receive some much-needed social interaction in addition to a nutritious meal.

Councillor Alison Rolf, Cabinet Member for Stronger and Safer Communities, said: “We’re here to help our community this winter, especially during this challenging period which we know has been particularly difficult for our elderly and vulnerable residents.

“There are many food banks within the borough; however, this organisation is different as it provides hot meals direct to the doorsteps of our community.”

Rabbi Yehuda Pink MSc, Solihull & District Hebrew Congregation added: 

“The support of Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council has enabled us to expand the service we provide to vulnerable elderly people in the borough. It also provides a welcome boost to our volunteers by acknowledging the excellence of the work that they do to reduce deprivation and social isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We want Solihull residents to know that they may be at home, but they are not alone. We are here to support them through this difficult time.”

If you or someone you know is vulnerable and might benefit from this service, please get in touch with the Solihull & District Hebrew Congregation at rabbi@solihullshul.org.  You can also contact them via their social media platforms on Facebook – www.facebook.com/solihullshul – and Twitter (@solihullshul).

Written by: David Watkins

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