Feeding a City – Covid-19 lessons and next steps

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  Tuesday 8 Dec 2020

  6:00 pm  - 7:15 pm

Learn more about how the city has responded to Covid-19’s impact on food poverty, food supplies and community support, and how you can help.

At the height of the first lockdown, the city’s emergency food network grew to include 45 food banks, food hubs and meal projects, which were supporting 3,200 adults and 1,300 children with food parcels and 2,385 people with cooked meals a week. In February 2020, just 420 parcels were going out each week.

This year, communities across Brighton & Hove have come together to support each other in ways we never dreamed of before March. Thousands of residents have experienced financial hardship, but we have also seen unprecedented efforts to provide food parcels, meals and connection. We want to say thank you to everyone who helped make this happen, whether through giving time, money or food.

With an environment of rising unemployment, winter fuel bills and economic uncertainty, we know that we need to prepare for an ongoing need for food & other support. The Brighton & Hove Food Partnership has coordinated the city’s emergency food response since lockdown, and there have been many successes and challenges along the way.

We want to share inspiration from how we have worked together so far, and ways that everyone in the city can help in the months ahead, including via the citywide winter crowdfund campaign.

The event includes a very brief film, short presentations from Food Partnership Director, Vic Borrill, some local community food groups, and a chance for questions. We hope to see you there!

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