Sanofi donation to combat food poverty in Reading

SOME of Reading’s most vulnerable women and their families will benefit from food parcels and education on healthy eating thanks to a donation from Sanofi, the global healthcare leader.

The pharmaceutical company, whose UK headquarters are at Thames Valley Park, have collaborated with Berkshire Community Foundation and  pledged a £10,000 donation to improve the health and wellbeing of women in Reading.

The majority of the donation has been granted to Alana House, PACT’s women’s community project in Reading, to address food poverty.

This grant would give women who attend Alana House access to emergency food parcels, education on how to cook nutritious meals on a small budget, and how to teach these skills to their children.

Jeanie Herbert, Alana House Manager, said: “Thank you to Sanofi for their generous support of our work helping vulnerable women in Reading to combat food poverty and in helping them further develop skills and confidence in cooking healthy food for themselves and their children.

“The impact of the pandemic has hit our service users hard. They have less money to buy food and that is having a negative impact on their health and wellbeing, and that of their families.

“This grant will help 50 women and their families through food parcels and ‘Healthy Eating on a Budget’ virtual and, when possible, in person cooking workshops.”