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.
Levels of local food insecurity
According to the University of Sheffield’s research into local food insecurity of adults (Jan 2021), in Greenwich:
- 6.40% of adults suffered from hunger
- 14.05% struggled to access food
- 16.85% worried about not having enough food
About this research:
The University of Sheffield have published statistics of UK adult food insecurity at Local Authority scale. You can view the map of measures of food insecurity here.
Hungry is defined as having skipped food for a whole day or more in the previous month or indicated they were hungry but not eaten because they could not afford or get access to food.
Struggle is defined as a positive response to at least one of the following:
- Sought help accessing food
- Skipped or shrank meal
- Gave a reason for not having enough food
Worry is defined as choosing very worried or fairly worried about getting food.