COVID-19 emergency food programme

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are running an emergency food programme to protect children and their families from hunger. Hot meals and food packages are being made available, through a combination of home deliveries and collection points in the community, to ensure families on low incomes can put breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the table each day. A donation of just £10 can purchase the equivalent of 30 meals for a family at risk of hunger.

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A partnership between Feeding Britain and Home-Start Greenwich was formed as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, with the aim of distributing a varied range of nutritionally balanced cooked meals to vulnerable families.

Working in collaboration with local caterer First Choice Caribbean Hut Lunches, Home-Start Greenwich delivered delicious meals including chilli con carne, pasta bakes, jerk chicken and vegetarian curries directly to families by bus through support from RBG/GS Plus Ltd. This, to ensure the safety of families that would usually need to make use of public transport to collect the meals.

Throughout the 23 weeks of emergency food provision, Home-Start Greenwich delivered a total of 7,512 meals to families with the support of 639 volunteer hours.

The Home-Start Greenwich team have been developing a post Covid-19 recovery plan to implement projects aimed at assisting families to become less dependent on an emergency food provision. The programme will focus on the development of skills to prepare healthy meals using affordable, easily accessibly ingredients, combat social isolation through a series of events and re-open the Community Kitchen as a cooking and training club.

Additionally, in partnership with Feeding Britain and the Fuel Bank Foundation, Home-Start Greenwich will provide emergency fuel support for families in crisis at risk of self-disconnection.