Cadog’s Corner should have been launching our newly converted container at a community Easter fair on the last school day before the Easter holidays. This, along with so many other events, couldn’t happen due to the Coronavirus lockdown. Instead, we launched Operation Cadog, packing and delivering food parcels to families identified by, at first Cadoxton Primary School but now many more Barry schools. The container was the next step in a journey driven by a need to address the food poverty and social isolation experienced by many in Cadoxton. However, in the typically entrepreneurial and creative way of Cadog’s Corner, plans didn’t simply stop, they changed. Operation Cadog involves a team of volunteers who source and buy the food which we pack into bags at Victoria Park Community Centre. Drivers arrive from each of the schools that we work with to pick up the bags for their school families. Bags are then dropped off by a familiar face to doorsteps around Barry. It’s not just about the food, it’s given us a way to stay in touch with isolated people, to have a socially distanced chat to see how things are. You’ve really touched our hearts today. We just received a huge delivery of food… please pass on our deep appreciation and thanks to all. The idea wasn’t to replicate the Vale Food Bank but to take the pressure off and address a crisis that would push existing support beyond their usual capacity, enabling them to continue helping those who already used the food bank. Cadog’s Corner has run a Junk Food Café with Cadoxton Primary School at Victoria Park Community Centre for a few years and worked closely with FareShare to offer food on a pay what you feel basis. FareShare is the UK’s national network of charitable food redistributors who take good quality surplus food from right across the food industry and get it to frontline charities and community groups like us. It felt like a natural fit to distribute food to families. Initially, the aim was to drop bags of essential groceries to around 30 families who staff at Cadoxton Primary School had identified as needing support for all sorts of reasons due to the pandemic and lockdown. Shielding, self-isolating, being ill, single parents who’d usually rely on the bus for shopping, self-employed or zero hour workers who found themselves with no income, pre-existing health conditions stopping parents from going to the supermarket but delivery slots hard to secure or replacement foods not catering to dietary requirements and allergies, there were and are so many reasons for people in our community needing support. Operation Cadog has now reached a scale of 220 family food parcels each week. We know it’s making a difference during a difficult time and have been humbled by the responses we’ve had from people we’ve helped like this family: I’m currently classed as a key worker, at the beginning of lockdown my husband was deployed with the army. He was helping a warehouse with NHS PPE so obviously I was on my own with two small children which was very difficult because I couldn’t leave the house to go and get food, essentials. I normally volunteer with Cadog’s Corner helping others but now due to the lockdown I have to use the service. They delivered food parcels to use weekly which has been a huge help. It’s had a massive positive impact on us as a family. Thank you. Cadog’s Corner was set up by parents and staff at Cadoxton Primary School with other members of the community to address isolation and food poverty while offering opportunities for training and improving wellbeing. For the Operation Cadog project we’ve had support from the local authority, foundations and donations but we’re still going and we need more to help us help people for longer. We know times are hard but if you’re able to donate, we would be incredibly grateful. Donations can be made on Just Giving (https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/cadogs-corner?utm_id=66&utm_term=Q3XD2bzkv) or if you’d like to get in touch, find us on twitter @CadogsC.