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The Country Food Trust has delivered more than 1,000 meals of game meat to a Glasgow-based charity that feeds local war veterans and received funds to help support 650 vulnerable people in the Newbury area of Berkshire.
The Coming Home Centre in Glasgow offers support to military personnel in the city, helping them with mental and physical well-being, as well as homelessness and unemployment. The centre also provides between 700 and 1,000 meals a month to those it looks after, an initiative The Country Food Trust plans to support.
The trust was set up in 2016 with the aim of feeding those who might otherwise go hungry with game meat. Earlier this year, it announced it had passed its target of feeding 100,000 people by the end of 2017.
The trust’s first batch of pheasant casseroles was well received by some of the Coming Home Centre’s veterans, including black labrador Lede, a former IED (improvised explosive device) search dog, and Will, who was Lede’s handler.
The army reunited the two after Will left the British forces and Lede was retired from service. The centre has helped Will to find a job and receive onward healthcare and food. Others like him will benefit from the game meals donated by The Country Food Trust.
The trust’s chief executive Tim Woodward said: “We set up this charity to feed as many of the 14m people living in poverty in the UK as we could. Personally I could not be more delighted to support the Coming Home Centre, an extraordinary charity doing wonderful things for veterans in Glasgow.
“We support many charities, but there is no doubt that supporting our veterans is incredibly important to us and I hope we can continue to support Lede, Will and their fellow veterans in the coming years.
“We have sourced meat from the countryside such as pheasant and partridge, which is high in nutritional value, low in cholesterol, affordable and plentiful.”
Adam Edwards, deputy operations manager at the Coming Home Centre, said: “A good meal makes such a difference. When our veterans have been properly fed, we are able to focus on providing them with the life-changing support they require.”
The RBSS’S four Turkey Shoots have also raised £1,000, which will help provide meals for 650 people at the Newbury Soup Kitchen, close to the shooting ground.
Tim Woodward from The Country Food Trust was delighted the charity could help.