Social enterprise receives £30,000 boost

West Lothian social enterprise The Larder has received £30,000 from a charity radio group in recognition of its work in tackling food insecurity in our communities.

The Larder has received funding from ‘make some noise’, the official charity wing of media and entertainment group Global – the company behind many of the UK’s biggest radio stations like Smooth, Capital, Heart and LBC.

Grants have been distributed to 60 small charities and projects across the UK following fundraising efforts in 2021 – The Larder being one of the grant recipients.

The award-winning West Lothian social enterprise has been recognized for its commitment to reducing poverty in the region and supporting anyone who needs its help.

Their social food project has been particularly praised, tackling food insecurity through meal deliveries, foodie events, and cooking and catering classes under the name “Catalyst Kitchen”.

The Larder also provides a space for interns to gain work experience, a place for social interaction, cohesion and community, and a platform for income exchange.

The Larders are members of the West Lothian Food Network, which as a collective have fed an average of 4,042 food-insecure people since May 2019 – in total, providing 2,716,224 meals across West Lothian.

It is hoped that the grant will increase access to good quality food within disadvantaged communities, encouraging and supporting people to make positive food choices.

Emma Bradley, Director of Global Goodness at Global, said: “The past few years have been incredibly difficult for everyone.

“With the cost of living continuing to rise, many more people will turn to local groups for help, putting further strain on their resources.

“We are therefore delighted to be able to help small charities at the center of communities and we will continue to raise funds and awareness of their vital work. »

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