Action for Refugees in Lewisham (AFRIL)

Virtual Loving - AFRIL's Virtual Refugee Foodbank

AFRIL's virtual Foodbank will provide nutritious food bags, fruit, veg, online advice, study, play, and art activities for refugee/asylum seeker families experiencing increased food poverty, destitution, isolation, fear and anxiety during the COVID 19 lockdown and transition to usual foodbank.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 23 June 2020 to 6:00 PM, 3 July 2020

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1116344)

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Championed by The Childhood Trust


  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief
  • OtherOther


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Infants (<2)Infants (<2)
  • Refugees/Asylum SeekersRefugees/Asylum Seekers


United Kingdom


During the COVID lockdown, children from refugee/asylum -seeker families are likely to experience increased incidence of hunger. Families will not have access to free food and drinks at their weekday school, AFRIL Foodbank café, AFRIL Saturday School and many drop-in services are closed. Household bills will increase. These parents already face food poverty due to destitution. Social distancing places increased stress on refugee family budgets to access affordable food and home activities.


AFRIL will support 60 children by our virtual foodbank during the COVID crisis/ transition to our fully restored foodbank service. Parents will get a weekly food bag for breakfast and 1 family meal a day. We will provide fresh fruit, veg, toiletries, washing powder, toilet rolls, baby and sanitary goods to support weekly budgeting /reduce costs. We will provide virtual home learning activities including study, exercise and art. Our emergency grants will support families in acute risk/hardship.

  • Thank you all for all your lovely support you have been giving me and my children since I got to know AFRIL and took AFRIL as my family. Thanks a lot and stay blessed.

    — Judith

  • Thank you so much for bringing the smile back to my kids face, thanks, they are so happy, thank, God bless you all.

    — Leaticia

  • Thanks so much for your care and humanity shown to us in our trying times. May God richly bless you and AFRIL always.

    — Musa

  • Just received the nappies for children as well! Much appreciate your all hard work! Be safe!! Thank you so much!

    — Tina

  • On behalf of myself n kids we say thank you so much for your love and concern always.

    — Sara

  • My week is really stressful but on Friday I wake up and feel OK because I know on Saturday I will be getting the foodbank delivery and everything will be alright again. I will be able to feed my children.

    — Judy