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Sunderland City Council and Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group has launched a new crowdfunding campaign to raise £30,000 for Sunderland food banks.

Since the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic, the food banks across Sunderland have provided an essential service to those most in need of support in our community. They are currently in a very high demand with a reduction in supplies and are working tirelessly to help support our vulnerable residents not only in this crisis, but also in the longer term.

Sunderland City Council launched the 'More than food' crowdfund internally with all their employees and to date they have raised £17,093. Now they are asking residents to continue their support and contribute in a new campaign of pledges for these services.
In partnership with Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group, Sunderland City Council have launched the new 'Creating Resilience within Sunderland Communities' appeal. This campaign aims to raise a total of £30,000, with half of this total provided through match-funding.

Not only will the money raised deliver food and supplies in the short term but will also help provide wrap around services to bring our most vulnerable residents out of crisis in the longer term. This will include essential welfare advice and one to one support.

Sunderland City Council are now asking everyone to pledge as little as £2 to help support this campaign, with every penny going directly to the food banks.
This campaign is being promoted via Crowdfund Sunderland, Sunderland Council’s crowdfunding platform that was launched in January 2020. The platform brings together residents, communities and businesses, collaboratively fund projects that communities want and need.

The first major project that was crowdfunded for Sunderland was the creation of the Jack Crawford memorial in Mowbray Park in 1900. The people of Sunderland created pledges to honour the bravery shown when he climbed the mast of the HMS Venerable, during the Battle of Camperdown, to nail the British flag back up. Using the money raised they created the statue which still stands today. Other examples of crowdfunding include the Statue of Liberty in New York, which was funded by public subscription.

Since launching earlier this year, several projects have received support across different communities in Sunderland. They were assessed by Sunderland City Council, before being allowed to begin fundraising, to ensure the projects are viable and deliverable. These projects all work to support delivery of the City Plan, Neighbourhood Investment Plans, improve health and wellbeing and community resilience. Sunderland City Council and Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group then agreed to match-fund up to £150,000.

The idea to support the food banks through Crowdfund Sunderland came after local organisations created projects on this platform to help the community throughout the Coronavirus pandemic. This includes Active Families CIC using the money to provide weekly activity packs, so families can stay healthy and active at home. More than Grandparents are also using this opportunity to deliver food and essentials to homes, as well as providing emotional support to those who may need it through isolation.

Councillor Graeme Miller, Leader of Sunderland City Council, said: "Nobody could have predicted the crisis that we have all lived through the past few months. Many people would have struggled if it wasn't for the work that Sunderland Food Banks have provided.
"Everyone at Sunderland City Council are so proud to be able to support the services that have been provided during this time. Crowdfund Sunderland is a brilliant scheme that allows us to come together as a community, and back the projects that matter the most to our residents.
"I strongly urge everyone to pledge and spread the word about the Creating Resilience within Sunderland Communities appeal. By raising this money, we can work towards helping our most vulnerable people now, and also in the long run."

To find out more about the 'Creating Resilience within Sunderland Communities' appeal and pledge your support visit: https://www.spacehive.com/sunderland-communities-appeal
Follow the campaign on social media at #LetsPullTogether
Find out more about Crowdfund Sunderland and how you can get involved at www.spacehive.com/movement/crowdfundsunderland

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