Lottery funding for Coventry food poverty

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More than £370,000 in lottery funding has been awarded to tackle food poverty in Coventry - home to one of the UK's busiest food banks.

The local Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB), which received the award, said it would be used to support 4,000 people in need across the city.

The funding is expected to be used to train volunteers to provide advice on budgeting, benefit changes and housing.

Charley Gibbons, from the CAB, said it hoped to tackle long-term problems.

'Rebuild lives'

"The food bank's done an amazing job in dealing with people's immediate crisis, but unfortunately lots of people have become a little dependent on food banks," he said.

"What we hope to do is work in partnership [with the food bank] to look at sorting out their income... so they can start to rebuild their lives in the longer term."

Gavin Kibble, from the Coventry food bank, which has six outlets in the city, said it had fed more than 40,000 people over the past three years.

He said the timing of the latest award from the Big Lottery Fund meant it would also help support people with the introduction of the Universal Credit benefit.

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