Brighton and Hove Food Partnership. PHOTO: Jean-Luc Brouard
The ‘Hungry This Winter’ campaign will support vulnerable communities facing low income and rising food, fuel, and housing costs.
The Food Partnership is appealing for donations to provide people with food parcels and cooked meals.
Last winter’s Crowdfunder raised more than £25,000 to spend on essentials for people in need.
A food parcel recipient said: “Their help is the lifeline I needed during these hard times. I used to go days without food but now I eat regularly.”
Donations will also ensure food banks and community meal providers facing increased demand receive ongoing funding.
Winter is the hardest time of year for families’ pockets but this year with basic household costs rising faster than household incomes it will be exceptionally hard.
A member of the Hove Salvation Army, Andrew Tinsley, said: “We have been running at capacity for the last three to four weeks, we need more food and donations coming in to be able to continue to meet demand.”
Food banks and emergency meal projects across Brighton and Hove have seen a huge increase in people going hungry and needing help to buy food and essential items.
Caroline Henderson, co-ordinator of Food and Friendship, said: “We have been inundated with new referrals to our lunch club for older people who are very isolated and struggling to feed themselves.
“Covid-19, winter, Christmas, and fuel costs have caused anxiety and increased mental health problems. We do what we can to help everyone that comes through our door.”
To make a donation to the Brighton and Hove Food Partnership Crowdfunder, visit here.
The campaign can be shared on social media using #HungryThisWinter and @btnhovefood.
To get help and support with food or money issues, contact Brighton and Hove City Council here.
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