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  • Writer's pictureJake B

Food in the bank

Updated: Nov 19, 2020

£10,000 from Coronavirus Crisis Fund supports local Food Bank services


Due to the Coronavirus, Chichester District Foodbank had to think quickly on their feet, with local people in crisis no longer able to collect food parcels in person, they had to change how they operated by providing a delivery service instead.

With £10,000 from our Coronavirus Crisis Fund the foodbank will be able to continue supporting local people in Selsey and Sidlesham with access to emergency food packages throughout the crisis and beyond.

“We were so grateful to Ferry Farm when they contacted us to give us a grant. The pandemic had just hit the UK and we were facing very uncertain times as a charity. What was extra special was they agreed it could be unrestricted and used for running costs ensuring we had the money to pay for the extra costs of providing a delivery service.” Joanne Kondabeka, CEO, Chichester District Foodbank

“Whilst our community has so far escaped the level of cases and deaths that others are sadly suffering, that is not to say that the residents of Selsey and Sidlesham have not suffered through lockdown and isolation so it was important that we directed our available funding to support initiatives such as this” Ben Cooper, Voluntary Director, Ferry Farm Community Solar


The Ferry Farm community solar farm is located just north of the town of Selsey in West Sussex and straddles the parishes of Selsey and Sidlesham, which are the community it serves.

Created in 2016, our 5 megawatt community solar farm is made up of around 19,000 solar panels which, to date, have generated 5,400,000 kilowatt hours of electricity from the sun. That is enough to power the equivalent of 1,300 homes every year!

Surplus income generated by the solar farm, after operating and finance costs and reserves, is used to support Ferry Farm Community Solar’s community purpose and since 2016 we have provided over £85,000 of funding to support community projects.

We expect to generate at least £2million over the solar farm’s 30 year operating life to support local community initiatives.


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