Today, Thursday 16th April 2020 we are launching Covid-19 Food Relief, a campaign to ensure that nobody in the UK goes hungry during the Coronavirus crisis. Currently, 1.5 million adults and 830,000 children in the UK are not getting enough food, whilst 53% of NHS workers are concerned about accessing supplies during the Coronavirus pandemic. (The Food Foundation, YouGov Poll, March 2020).
At The People Who Share, we help the planet and people in need by sharing vital resources, so we have launched Covid-19 Food Relief, a mass call to action and a one-stop source of information to help people find food urgently, donate or volunteer. By making vital supplies easy to access, and galvanising the UK’s population to act now, we can help save lives. At The People Who Share, we believe that a united effort can mean that nobody goes hungry during this crisis.
I believe that sharing has never been more vital than at this time. Covid-19 Food Relief demonstrates that we can all help ensure that the most vulnerable in our society receive essential food during this crisis. By creating a single, simple resource, Covid-19 Food Relief means people can easily find food, donate or volunteer to help There are many organisations across the UK who need volunteers and donations to feed the hungry.
Covid-19 Food Relief has been created to promote and support organisations including FareShare, The Trussell Trust, FoodCycle, Independent Food Aid Network, Meals for the NHS, The Careworkers’ Charity and many other community groups working on the frontline to ensure that everyone in the UK has sufficient food.
Hungry to Help?
You can volunteer or donate to these organisations working to provide #FoodRelief to those who need it most during the Covid-19 crisis:
The London-based social enterprise teaches the basic life skills of cooking, sustainability and healthy independent living. Currently they are delivering 300-600 food parcels and nutritious cooked meals to vulnerable people at home each day.
Brighton Cooking Club https://chat.whatsapp.com/LZmXMj8FdNB3jFbGcjBXEg
A what’s app group where volunteers can cook extra portions of food and deliver them to people in need.
Caring in Bristol www.caringinbristol.co.uk
The first free food delivery service for the homeless.
Covid-19 Mutual Aid UK https://covidmutualaid.org/
Covid-19 Mutual Aid UK is a network of more than 1,000 grassroots groups helping people in need in their local area during the coronavirus crisis, providing food and other resources, and connecting people to support services. You can find a group here.
Community Transport www.food.bhct.co.uk
A Brighton and Hove based food shopping delivery service for those most vulnerable.
Covid19 Food Supply http://covid19foodsupply.com/
A community of specialists using technology and machine learning to improve the flow of food and address supply chain challenges.
Edinburgh Community Food https://www.edinburghcommunityfood.org.uk/
The charity works with low-income communities in Edinburgh on healthy eating and operate fruit and veg stalls in local hospitals. They are now delivering essential food parcels to vulnerable people in the city.
The UK’s biggest food redistribution charity, FareShare takes food that cannot be sold in shops because of overproduction or packing errors, diverts it from landfill then passes it on to food banks, hospices, homeless hostels and other charities. During the Coronavirus crisis, they have scaled up their efforts and need donations and volunteers for its warehouses, vans and offices across the UK. You can find out more here.
A central London-based kitchen serving hot food for up to 20,000 people in need a day.
Previously providing community group meals for the UK’s hungry, now during the crisis, delivering food.
Run by YMCA Bedfordshire, Food4 takes surplus food donated by supermarkets and food retailers, and redistributes to those in need. It is now offering a delivery service to those who are unable to collect in the Bedford area. You can find out more information here.
Government emergency food parcels https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable
The government can arrange for an emergency parcel to anyone on an NHS list of around 1.5 million people deemed “clinically extremely vulnerable” told to remain at home for 12 weeks who cannot get food. You can find the details on the government website here.
Independent Food Aid Network https://www.foodaidnetwork.org.uk/
The charity oversees 834 independent food banks in Britain. You can find out more about grassroots food aid providers near you – and how to help them here.
Meals for the NHS https://www.mealsforthenhs.com/
A new volunteer organisation, set up in response to the Covid-19 crisis, delivering food to NHS workers.
Plan Zheroes https://planzheroes.org/#!/
A food donation platform getting surplus food to vulnerable people.
Salvation Army Food Bank https://www.salvationarmy.org.uk/hove
In partnership with Sainsburys and the Coop, shoppers can donate food at store collection points
The Care Workers' Charity https://www.thecareworkerscharity.org.uk/coronavirus-covid-19/
The charity issues grants to care workers in financial difficulty and has seen a huge spike in demand during the coronavirus outbreak. It has launched an emergency fund to provide care workers who are self-isolating and not receiving sick pay with £500 grants. You can donate to the fund here.
Trussell Trust https://www.trusselltrust.org/
There are more than 1,200 food banks across the UK supported by the Trussell Trust. You can find information on giving money or food, as well as how to volunteer here.
The Social Society Brighton Community Fund https://www.thesocialsociety.org.uk/
The Social Society is a social club for good, currently raising emergency funds to feed the most vulnerable in Brighton and Hove. You can add your support here.
Volunteering Wales https://volunteering-wales.net/vk/volunteers/index-covid.htm
Volunteering Wales is coordinating volunteer activity to help the most vulnerable across the country. Volunteers can sign up to deliver vital food supplies and support those in need.
Please email us your Covid-19 Food Relief initiatives and we’ll add them to this list and promote them to our network of sharers. foodreliefC19@thepeoplewhoshare.com #foodrelief #covid19
Let nobody go hungry during the Covid-19 crisis.