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Tackling Food Poverty in Greenwich

Published on 13 September 2021 01:22 PM

Through our work with the Nepalese Gurkha Veterans Community Project, our Project Coordinator Pauline Cahill, identified that many of our clients and  members were struggling with food poverty, against the backdrop of the Covid 19 Pandemic. Pauline and Carol Gibson  (Greenwich Befriending Coordinator) sprung in to action and arranged in July to meet with the Trussell Trust to see how we could work with them in partnership to address food inequality in Greenwich.

As a result of that meeting and from generous support with collections  from our Men in Sheds members, a large amount of food donations were received. We collected a quantity of 20+ bread trays and each of our Nepalese Project members received 2 large bags of food per person. In addition,  with assistance from Lorraine Swift (Volunteer Manager) and our dedicated Volunteers we were able to deliver food to 3 sheltered schemes in Greenwich to a total of 35 residents receiving 70 bags to the schemes collectively.

We continue to tackle food poverty in Greenwich and have now joined forces with the Felix project to further enhance and increase our food donations for delivery to the most vulnerable members of our community. We regularly identify and refer our clients and members to the food bank for direct support and will continue to focus on this during the Winter months ahead.

With thanks to all our Volunteers for their generosity of time and spirit, to Viv and Gian from the Ghurkhas project and Carol, Pauline and Lorraine who made this all possible!