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£51,571
raised of £30,000 target by 1091 supporters

    Weʼve raised £51,571 to purchase essential food, packaging and toiletries for vulnerable & isolated people in Brighton & Hove during the coronavirus crisis.

    Brighton & Hove
    Funded on Thursday, 24th September 2020

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    Urgent appeal

    As the coronavirus crisis hits Brighton & Hove, we need to ensure the most vulnerable people in our city are not left hungry at home. We need your help to provide food parcels and cooked meals for those who are living in poverty and isolated.

    Across the city, 21 food banks and emergency food providers have been distributing more than 20,000 food parcels a year to people living in poverty, with an increasing number of families and working people using these services. Our research shows that many more people are in need but have been unwilling or unable to access food banks."

    Over the last few weeks, many local residents have lost their previous income and many older and vulnerable people have been advised to self-isolate at home for up to 12 weeks. The existing food bank model of people collecting parcels could now put people at risk at a time when demand will be higher than it has ever been.

    Why we need your donation

    Food banks and many low-cost community meals depend on surplus food but there is not sufficient supply during this critical time. Well-meaning donations of food by members of the public also run the risk of spreading the virus.

    We need to start purchasing (largely wholesale/ in bulk) some food and other essentials to meet demand - all funds raised on this page will pay for food, toiletries and packaging so that we can deliver our plans as below.

    We plan to:

    * source food and other essential items (eg soap, toiletries) to distribute to people in poverty who are unable to leave their homes

    * cook & package healthy bulk meals which can be distributed to people in poverty who are unable to leave their homes and families eligible for free school meals

    * create a new model of distribution, with neighbourhood hubs (eg local school kitchens and children's centres) where volunteers can pick-up parcels & meals to deliver to people in their community

    * ensure all deliveries are made safely with no physical contact, but offering a chance for social connection where possible, and linking people to other support services

    * recruit, train and support existing and new volunteers who will need to work to very high standards of food safety & hygiene

    The Food Partnership is coordinating this appeal on behalf of all the key organisations working on these issues in Brighton & Hove: Fareshare who distribute surplus food to all food banks, the Real Junk Food Project who create pay-as-you-feel meals from surplus, the Bevy who are starting a Food Factory to make meals, Chomp who provide free meals during school holidays, all the local food banks, and key referral & equalities organisations (including Lunch Positive, Voices in Exile, the Clare Project).

    Get involved

    For anyone interested in volunteering to support this vision, or if you know someone who needs help accessing food, please see information on our website which will be updated regularly, and sign-up to our newsletter to keep informed.

    If you are involved with a food business that could lend or donate equipment for large scale catering (eg food processors, vaccuum packing kit etc), please get in touch or use our donation system if you have surplus food you would like to donate.

    If you want to help further, please share the campaign on your social media using #HungryAtHome and @btnhovefood. This is a proven way to increase donations.

    Thank you, from all the team at Brighton & Hove Food Partnership and our partners!

    Updates

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    • Food Partnership5 months ago
      Food Partnership

      Food Partnership

      5 months ago

      Thanks to your support, the city’s emergency food network is currently supporting 3,200 adults and 1,300 children with food parcels and 2,385 people with cooked meals a week. This week Brighton & Hove City Council committed £124,000 of additional funding - find out more about how it will be used in our blog: https://bhfood.org.uk/an-update-on-the-covid-food-response/ Even with this new funding, we have a target of £24,500 remaining to cover food costs up to September and further support for this campaign will help us to get there! Thank you

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    • Food Partnership7 months ago
      Food Partnership

      Food Partnership

      7 months ago
      Update from the Page owner

      Thanks to your support, we raised an unbelievable £30,000 in under 3 weeks to buy food & essentials for those in need. Now, Brighton & Hove City Council are matching this, adding £30,000 to our total. We're so grateful to everyone helping ensure no one goes Hungry at Home. Last week with our partners we delivered 1,440 food parcels & 1,814 meals, compared to 420 weekly parcels before coronavirus, a dramatic increase. Shockingly, current food costs are £10,000+ per week, even with donated surplus food. Please keep donating & sharing!

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    • Food Partnership8 months ago
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      Food Partnership

      8 months ago
      Update from the Page owner

      We're blown away by the generosity of people in Brighton & Hove - we reached our initial fundraising goal of £15,000 in less than a week! Every day it becomes clearer that this crisis will affect lives for months to come, so we are now raising our target to £30,000 so that we can continue to provide food to people who need it. All our partners are hugely grateful - your donations have already helped us to bulk buy the most popular food items, toiletries and other essentials to be delivered to those who cannot leave their homes. Thank you.

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    Page last updated on: 9/22/2020 14.55

    Supporters

    1091

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Sep 22, 2020

    • Tristan and Suruchi

      Tristan and Suruchi

      Sep 21, 2020

      We are overwhelmed by your great work. Thank you for all you do.

      £75.00

    • Lucy Bryson

      Lucy Bryson

      Sep 15, 2020

      £20.00

    • Jenny Robinson

      Jenny Robinson

      Sep 15, 2020

      Hopefully this will help

      £40.00

    • Jessica

      Jessica

      Sep 15, 2020

      Thank you for everything you're doing!

      £20.00

    • Jason Deans

      Jason Deans

      Sep 1, 2020

    • Helen MacGregor

      Helen MacGregor

      Sep 1, 2020

      £20.00

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    Food Partnership

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    Brighton & Hove

    We help people in Brighton & Hove to access sustainable, healthy food. Founded in 2003, we work to ensure more of our city can cook, grow food, eat a healthy diet & reduce waste. Our work focuses on people experiencing deprivation, isolation, poor health & other life challenges.

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