Robert Del Naja artwork raises over £100k for community food project

Robert Del Naja artwork raises over £100k for community food project

Posted on: 20 May 2020

3D's 'Fire Sale' exceeded its £100,000 fundraising target in just ten days.

 

A print designed by Massive Attack founding member Robert Del Naja has raised more than £100,000 for the Bristol Food Union 'Feed the Frontline' drive, allowing the team to continue to supply free meals to Bristol's most vulnerable people during the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

 

 

With a total of 1,037 prints sold in ten days, the money raised is a huge boost to the Bristol Food Union, which has been hard at work over the last few weeks to limit the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on the local community.

 

Despite the success of the art sale, though, Del Naja and the Bristol Food Union collective have issued a joint warning that the project and its funding model must now be adapted if it is to continue to ensure that people most in need of help are not abandoned.

 

Moving forward, the BFU plans to adopt a dual approach to their work, prioritising frontline communities across the city (where sudden changes in circumstances have led to spikes in food poverty) while also ensuring that frontline NHS workers can still access nutritious, discounted food.

Volunteers working with the Bristol Food Union.

Led by Aine Morris of Food Union Media, Josh Eggleton of the Pony & Trap group and Steph Wetherell of Bristol Food Producers, the Bristol Food Union brings together some of the city's top independent restaurants, local farmers, food retailers and community food infrastructure to support Bristol's emergency food provision.

 

As the COVID-19 crisis wears on, the BFU have established steady, sustainable production kitchens in closed restaurants around the city, and are currently supporting Caring in Bristol to feed 500 homeless people every day as part of the Cheers Drive project.

 

The Bristol Food Union's Feed The Frontline crowdfunding campaign is open now and can be found here. For more information or to find out how else you can help the BFU, head to their website.

 

Main Image: James Koch


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Matt Robson

Having moved to Bristol from Cornwall in 2015, Matt graduated from UWE with a degree in Journalism in 2018. He's keen on a wide variety of musical genres, as well as taking an interest in art and illustration, producing his own work in his spare time. Matt makes the most of Bristol's diverse nightlife and attends gigs and club nights regularly. Get in touch via email at matt@365bristol.com.