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Helping vulnerable groups in Bristol during lockdown

As with every city and town, Bristol's most vulnerable were at most risk during the COVID-19 lockdown. Here's how PwC helped plan the strategy for providing them with food.

Setting the scene

One part of PwC’s purpose is to solve important problems and there are none more important than making sure people don’t go hungry. 

This was especially important during lockdown.

Through our existing relationship with the local council in Bristol, we were able to help the most vulnerable in society, including those on the shielding list, by providing them with access to food.

How we helped

We did this by partnering with the council and a local charity, Feeding Bristol, which has been working with Bristol’s homeless for three years.

The charity’s vision is that everyone in Bristol has access to nutritious and affordable food, and has the skills, knowledge and empowerment to eat healthily.

When it came to the COVID-19 lockdown, it was a matter of simply getting people the food they needed.

This is where we came in, offering to help improve their processes at the most difficult time.

People from our Transaction Services and Consulting practices worked together to understand where the need was greatest. 

Using Power BI, a data visualisation tool, we were able to use data from the council and Feeding Bristol to map out the areas of greatest need across the city and where the shortfalls in the supply chain were. 

We were then able to identify which organisations would be best placed to deliver the food. Other organisations in the city had access to surplus food and could deliver it to people we had identified.

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“It was really good to support a charity that is making a big difference in the local area in providing food to those who need it most.”

Frances Lausen, Senior associate in Transaction Services Deals

Making a difference

Just a week into lockdown, this project came our way and we delivered it on a pro bono basis.

Over the next few weeks, we were able to help vulnerable households, such as those with children who receive free school meals, to be delivered food they needed to feed their families.

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