The pandemic has highlighted and exacerbated the fragility of people’s lives and increased their need for support. Because many people have to live day-by-day, when one variable changes their is a risk of their whole support unit collapsing.
What we’re doing
At the start of the pandemic we were distributing about 20 care packages per week. We’re now sourcing and collating 100 essential care packages every week to distribute to local residents and demand is increasing! About 25% of these residents need the packages delivering to them because they are vulnerable and isolating.
We’ve been working with other local organisations, sharing links to local suppliers, collaborating with Hoxton and Haggerton’s Mutual Aid organisations, teaming up with FareShare and received donations from individuals and organisations.
BBC News came to do a piece on the food drive. We were the first item on BBC London News that night.
We really appreciate the publicity from the BBC team and the willingness of our staff and community members to be part of the filming.
We would also like to thank all the volunteers who come each week to help us to pack and distribute; and we also want to thank the different funding organisations who’ve made essential funds quickly available to support the programme.