Action for Refugees in Lewisham (AFRIL)

AFRIL - The right to eat right

Help AFRIL’s the right to eat right project combine healthy food parcels from our foodbank with fresh vegetable and fruit grown by families at our allotment to reduce food insecurity, support healthy eating and increase access to culturally appropriate food for refugee families living in poverty.

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1116344)

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Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£15,000

Amount raised

£15,361

Time left

2 days

Donations

99

Championed by The Childhood Trust

    Categories

  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Homeless/RefugeHomeless/Refuge
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief

    Helping

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

Location

United Kingdom

Situation

“I never ask my child do you want more? Are you full?” All children have the right to eat enough good food every day. The post-pandemic cost of living increase, combined with government policy changes is having a disproportionate effect on families who have sought sanctuary in the UK. Destitute refugee, asylum-seeking and vulnerable migrant families face harsh choices between heating and food. More children are going hungry. More parents are going without food as they put their children first.

Solution

AFRIL’s Foodbank and Allotment of Refuge supports refugee and migrant families experiencing the challenges and indignity of food insecurity due to cost of living increases. Parents receive a weekly bag of food, fruit, veg, toiletries and essential baby items. Parents and children share in learning and growing culturally appropriate fruit and vegetables to add to food parcels. We support healthy eating on a budget with recipes. Family wellbeing activities include art and allotment celebrations.

  • “Children are like seeds germinating into healthy adulthood. The government is not watering the seeds to germinate into healthy plants”

    — Rashidat

  • “I never ask my child do you want more? Are you full?”

    — Rebecca

  • “It’s not the food, although that is important of course, it's the welcome, knowing you care.”

    — Sheila

  • "I eat the crumbs, my eldest daughter says “You can share mine mummy”, it breaks my heart”

    — Joy