Action for Refugees in Lewisham (AFRIL)

Food to Grow AFRIL refugee foodbank & allotment

Help AFRIL's Food to Grow project combine food parcels from our foodbank with food grown by families at our allotment to support healthy eating and reduced food costs. Refugee/asylum seeker/migrant families will also enjoy better health and wellbeing through art, gardening, nature, and play.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 8 June 2021 to 12:00 PM, 22 June 2021

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1116344)

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Championed by The Childhood Trust


  • Environment/ConservationEnvironment/Conservation
  • 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


The aftermath of COVID-19 impacts disproportionately on children from asylum seeker, refugee, and migrant families. They experienced the isolation, stress, fear, and insecurity that COVID brought us all. However their insecure immigration status, reduced support, poor housing, tech-poverty and food insecurity means COVID caused more complex challenges and a longer uncertain route to recovery. Hunger, debt, anxiety, poverty, and unhealthy living spaces still impact daily on these children.


We will support 70 children from 40 families experiencing the long-term impact of COVID recovery through our foodbank service. 30 children will join our allotment programme of gardening, nature workshops and events. Parents will get a weekly food bag with food, fresh fruit, veg, and toiletries. We will support healthy eating on a budget with recipe suggestions and encourage families to enjoy growing their own food. Family wellbeing activities will include art, nature, growing food and play.

  • “Thank you so much for the food delivery. We are so grateful all of us here”

    — Lutecia

  • “I just wanted to say thank you so much for all your care and support towards I and my babies. I wasn’t expecting that much. I sincerely appreciate with a huge smile on our faces”

    — Myriam

  • “God bless you and everyone”

    — Precious

  • “Good evening, just wanted to thank you for your love, care and support. Bless you”

    — Noor