Essential Food Grant – ‘Home but not alone’


Solihull Council has awarded just over £10, 000 in grant funding to a local synagogue to help support local families. The money will be used to provide hot meals for vulnerable residents during the pandemic.

The Solihull & District Hebrew Congregation is one of six organisations in Solihull to be awarded money from the Essential Food Grant as part of a wider support package from the Government.

The volunteer run organisation places emphasis on a holistic approach, aiming to benefit the wider community as well as the vulnerable individuals. On average they deliver 90 meals a week, which means a number of residents receive some much needed social interaction in addition to a nutritious meal.

If you or someone you know is vulnerable and might benefit from this service please get in touch with the Solihull & District Hebrew Congregation at You can also contact them via their social media platforms on Facebook ( and Twitter (@solihullshul).

Councillor Alison Rolf, Cabinet Member for Stronger and Safer Communities said:

“It’s great to see the funding being used for such an important cause.

 “We’re here to help our community this winter, especially during this challenging period which we know has been particularly difficult for our elderly and vulnerable residents.

“There are a number of food banks within the borough, however this organisation is different as it provides hot meals direct to the doorsteps of our community.”

Rabbi Yehuda Pink MSc, Solihull & District Hebrew Congregation said:

“The support of Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council has enabled us to expand the service we provide to vulnerable elderly people in the borough. It also provides a welcome boost to our volunteers by acknowledging the excellence of the work that they do to reduce deprivation and social isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We want Solihull residents to know that they may be at home, but they are not alone. We are here to support them through this difficult time.”

(Image caption: 97 year old WWII Veteran proudly displays the meal he has just received from the Solihull & District Hebrew Congregation).