Over the last few weeks, we have been enormously grateful for the donations of money, time, vehicles, food (and egg boxes) that have been given towards the city’s emergency food response. This has included a donation of an amazing £9,000 from local Indian community groups.
The Sussex Indian Punjabi Society, Gujarati Cultural Society, Indian Colours, Brighton & Hindu Community and Brighton Malayalee Association got together as a community with local charity Food Matters to make donations of money and food.
I met their spokesperson Davinder Dhillon at the central food processing hub at Hove Park School to show him how their donations are being used and for him to meet some of the volunteers involved in the daily sorting and packing of food parcels.
Davinder said, “I’m delighted that our community could support the wider community affected by the pandemic through Brighton & Hove Food Partnership. People have been extremely generous, and the Food Partnership are doing such a great job with their volunteers to make sure local food hubs and food banks are supported. It just goes to show how we can help each other in these troubling times.”
Gratitude from the community
The emergency food deliveries mean so much to people not just in terms of preventing hunger but in preventing isolation. A thank you card sent to us sums it up: ‘To every volunteer at the Food Hub. You have made such a difference to my life with your support bringing supplies and delicious food to my door always delivered by a smiling supportive face’.
Although the numbers needing emergency food support have gone down, now that lockdown restrictions are easing and people can return to work, the emergency food network is still supporting more than 1,200 households each week with food parcels. We also know that a second wave, local lockdown and redundancies as furlough support ends could all mean more people struggling with their bills. We will be there to help ensure that residents who need help can get it – something that is only possible thanks to the generosity of people who are willing to help their neighbours exemplified so well by the support from the city’s Indian Community.
Thank you all.
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