Action for Refugees in Lewisham (AFRIL)

Helping Hands after COVID - AFRIL Refugee foodbank

AFRIL's Foodbank will provide a face-to-face/ virtual service of nutritious food bags, COVID safe advice, creative and wellbeing activities for refugee/asylum seeker/vulnerable migrant families experiencing food poverty, destitution, fear and anxiety due to the long-term impact of the COVID crisis.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1116344)

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Championed by The Childhood Trust


  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief


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


United Kingdom


Children from refugee, asylum seeker and migrant families are likely to disproportionately experience the long-term impacts of the COVID crisis, including increased incidence of hunger. Many parents already face food poverty due to destitution, loss of jobs, high debt and no access to benefits. Following COVID secure social distancing rules places increased stress on already stretched family budgets to access affordable good food and provide activities to promote good mental and physical health.


AFRIL will support 70 children by our ‘COVID secure’ face-to-face/ virtual foodbank. Parents will get a weekly food bag for breakfast and 1 family meal a day. We will provide store cupboard essentials, fresh fruit, veg, milk, juice, toiletries, baby and sanitary goods to support weekly budgeting, reduce costs and encourage healthy eating. We will provide face-to-face / virtual advice, support, creative and wellbeing activities including budget recipes, keeping COVID safe and financial literacy.

  • “I can't thank you enough, God bless you. I do appreciate all your support”

    — Usha

  • “I can't over emphasis how helpful it has been for me during this Covid epidemic. Thank you so much ️ and everyone at the food bank family. I hope everyone is safe and fine.”

    — Hamza

  • “I really appreciate it and thank you for taking care of me and my kids”

    — Gurminder

  • “We really appreciate, thank you and god bless”

    — Mirza