RURAL Housing Association has been awarded funding through Fermanagh and Omagh District Council for its Covid-19 Food Support initiative, which has been running across the Council area over the Winter months.

The initiative focuses on the provision of essential food hampers to Rural Housing Association tenants in the Council area, with each hamper containing fresh fruit, vegetables and meat, all designed to help tenants cook nutritious meals in their own homes during the lockdown.

In total, the initiative supported more than 80 families in the Council area, who all received a fresh food hamper to their home.

Food hampers were prepared by local businesses, Rooney’s Spar Enniskillen, and Spar, Derry Road, Omagh.

Fermanagh Community Transport also stepped in to deliver food hampers to residents throughout County Fermanagh.

The rural transport service is based in Fermanagh, and has been working hard throughout the pandemic to support rural residents through the delivery of food shopping, prescriptions and transporting residents to Covid-19 vaccination appointments.

Rural Housing Association’s Chief Executive Officer, Stephen Fisher, said: “The funding provided by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council has enabled us to support our tenants with essential food hampers throughout this lockdown period.

"We are delighted to be able to offer our tenants a much-needed helping hand at this extremely difficult time for many isolated rural residents.

"We would like to extend our thanks to the Council for the support it have provided during the pandemic.”

For further information, contact Ruth Montgomery, Rural Housing Association, by emailing