Vanessa, our van, is driven around the area by a Volunteer whilst the passenger rings a school bell to let people know we are there. If we see a "HERE TO HELP" sign in a window we know there will be a box, bowl or bag outside that needs filling with random vegetable and fruit. We step out fill them up and leave... no contact. We have a supplier of fruit and vegetables which enables us to provide for those families that have children who had access to one substantial meal per day thru free school meals. A form of holiday hunger as due to the C-word they are once again not receiving the meals that they usually would. Added to this is the fact that many families now have one or both parents laid off from or unable to work so their income stream has decreased significantly. These families and individuals cannot afford to order from the delivery places that are available as they do not have the ability to pay... We are helping the forgotten families, the ones that struggle the most.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Hope... Full bellies... and the building of Community cohesion now and for the future. Families and individuals need the basics which are becoming out of reach for many either due to isolation or drastically reduced income. We will, with your help, take away that worry and stress by supplying what many see as normality. Children will be getting bored at home so lets teach them the basics of cooking whilst we have a captive audience. Parents have skill sets and they can take this opportunity in isolation to pass them onto their children. Elderly people and young alike need nutrition and that comes from fresh food far more than tins and microwave meals. Cooking together passes on skills and sitting together to eat as a family creates and builds bonds that we have slipped away from in today's society. Prescriptions are often of extremely high necessity and the anxiety caused by not knowing if they will be able to get them on time, or at all, is huge.. we can alleviate that worry
Steps to get it done:
Eating fresh means no tins, minimal packaging, less waste to recycle. Waste from fresh veg can feed our animals and be used to create our own compost.
About the space
Arun District Council