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Energy advisors bring community relief

Emergency food supplies are being delivered to homes across East Sussex, with backing from the local electricity company.

From Press releases - 9 April 2020 12:00 AM


Community energy cooperative Energise Sussex Coast is distributing supplies and using a van funded by UK Power Networks’ Power Partners initiative. The original idea had been to fund on-the-road experts to help people living in vulnerable circumstances, lower their energy bills. However, as a result of the current ‘lockdown’, food banks have become more critical than ever. 


The team is now supporting Hastings Emergency Action Response team and Hastings Food Bank to which it already provides energy advice. Both are currently planning how to get food to people who are ill and self-isolating and how to manage with a significantly reduced volunteer workforce, as many of their helpers are over the age of 70. Further plans are also underway to support vulnerable families with children don't get free school meals. 


Kate Meakin, campaign manager, from Energise Sussex Coast, said: “We are grateful to UK Power Networks for letting us divert the project funding to help support this important local initiative. We are pleased that our electric van can help get out emergency supplies to those who desperately need it during these exceptionally challenging times.”


Kerry Potter, consumer vulnerability manager for UK Power Networks, said: “Food banks have become a vital community resource and we’re happy for our funding to be put to this good use. Our top priorities during the coronavirus pandemic are the safety of our employees and the public, and keeping power flowing to communities. 


“It is of vital importance that we help customers in vulnerable circumstances and support communities to the best of our ability and in the current climate we’re looking for new, innovative and useful ways to do that.”


Power Partners is administered in partnership with leading energy justice charity, the Centre for Sustainable Energy.