Action for Refugees in Lewisham (AFRIL)

Helping Hands Foodbank

AFril Helping Hand Foodbank aims to reduce food insecurity and its consequences ensuring 50 destitute refugees and asylum seekers children don’t go hungry by distributing weekly food parcels, toiletries, baby items, bedding and clothes and also by providing friendship and social interaction

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 10 April 2019 to 6:00 PM, 17 April 2019

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1116344)

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Campaign target

£2,500

Amount raised

£5,445

Donations

78

    Categories

    Helping

Location

Situation

Food poverty. The Helping Hands Foodbank provides essential, basic foodstuffs for 50 children aged 0-16 years old and 25 families. Twenty out of the twenty five Foodbank members are single mothers with an average of two children, living mostly in one room in hostels. More than half of the foodbank's users are asylum-seekers who survive on £ 5 per day and cant buy essentials like food, toiletries. The remainder are migrants with no recourse to public funding who cant work/access benefits.

Solution

The foodbank focuses on relieving food insecurity and addressing complex long-term issues. As well as picking up essential groceries, our mothers can talk to advisers, socialise, introduce their children to other kids, discuss healthy eating plans, such as one-pot cooking, food budgeting and share knowledge focused on good nutrition and its role in both physical and mental health. It's not just handing out food, it's socialising, building support networks and accessing local services.

  • The foodbank means a lot to me and has been effective.The food bag lasts from Monday to Friday and you only need to buy a little supplementary food.I have also met a lot of supportive people.You get the sense that you are not alone in this which gives you the strength to carry on

    — Julie

  • I have visited other community groups that are not as kind as this one

    — Jan

  • The Foodbank provides enough for me.I am very pleased to have access to food.Before I used to rely on my friend for food and now, I feel safer"

    — ADAM

  • I have visited other community groups that are not as kind as this one

    — Jan

  • The Foodbank provides enough for me.I am very pleased to have access to food.Before I used to rely on my friend for food and now, I feel safer"

    — ADAM

  • The foodbank means a lot to me and has been effective.The food bag lasts from Monday to Friday and you only need to buy a little supplementary food.I have also met a lot of supportive people.You get the sense that you are not alone in this which gives you the strength to carry on

    — Julie