A charity has combined the challenge of feeding families with the need to keep youngsters occupied during the coronavirus crisis by giving out material to make rainbows.
East Durham Trust is home to one of the region's longest-established foodbanks and has seen an explosion in demand from families struggling financially or simply finding it difficult to access supplies during lockdown.
The trust has been distributing food packs with sufficient ingredients to prepare a healthy meal, but have also included the necessary materials to produce a 3D Rainbow which can be used to demonstrate support for the NHS.
Trust chief executive Malcolm Fallow said: “The idea is a combination of our People’s Takeaway project which involves home deliveries of food and as Family Learning programme. As well as receiving a hearty meal the family get craft equipment and instructions to produce a fabulous rainbow. The first wave of packs went out last week and went down a storm.”
"The trust has provided support to over 2,000 local people since the lockdown began and is determined to support people in staying at home with home deliveries of food, food parcels and volunteer-led shopping trips.
"As well as recognising the importance of keeping people occupied, the addition of the rainbow production, which was the brainchild of learning co-ordinator Faye Watson, is also seen as a great way of showing support."
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