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4,000 hot meals provided for vulnerable in Swansea

A community-led food scheme in Swansea is helping to prepare more than 1,000 hot meals a week during the coronavirus restrictions.

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Charity groups in the city, including Matthews House on High Street have joined forces with Swansea Council as part of the 'Swansea Together' campaign to ensure vulnerable people, including homeless people, are being provided with a hot meal.

In the last four weeks, more than 4,000 meals have been distributed to homes and to people that are in temporary accommodation such and bed and breakfast.

Each week, volunteers in five venues (Matthews House, Goggi's, The Shared Plate, Swansea City FC and Mecca Bingo) around the city, prepare the hot meals - which are then transported using community transport schemes including the Council's own transport service to get the meals to those who are unable to either cook food themselves or have difficulty buying food.

Thom Lynch, Project Manager at Matthews House, said: "Normally, Matthews House is a fully functioning café and meeting area for people in the community. We've made some changes to transform it into an operational centre to enable us to prepare large numbers of hot meals a few days a week.  

"Volunteers are helping us to prepare the meals and they are then getting delivered to those most in need.

"Hopefully the meals will help give people a little bit of hope and make people smile during such a difficult time."

Alyson Pugh, Cabinet Member for Better Communities, said: "This project has made a huge difference to the lives of some of our most vulnerable residents during the last four weeks.

"I can't thank the volunteers enough for the help they have provided. We have around 30 different community groups involved in this project - everyone is playing their part.

"The Swansea Together project is a lifeline for people. These are really difficult times for some people and having food is a basic need which we are providing for those less fortunate than others."

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