Local London food aid provides struggling families with parcels

Set up during the first coronavirus lockdown, Highams Park Food Aid supports people in need within the community.

During the pandemic, the team were delivering food parcels throughout the local area and has since set up a food hub operating twice a week for people to drop in and pick up items.

“We just found that so many people needed food,” explains Tracey Rogers from Highams Park Food Aid. “We wanted to give people dignity back, so we run almost like a shop.

“People come in for an appointment, have a cup of tea or coffee and they get to meet with a social worker to see how we can help them improve their lives and get themselves out of poverty.”

Tracey added: “We support a range of people. We have professionals who lost their jobs during covid and haven’t got enough money to pay for food. Another gent who is homeless and lives out of his van – we give him a hot meal as well as food he can eat without having to cook.

“We’re supporting elderly people that have just got out of hospital. There’s a single mum that has cancer and is looking after three children and we support her with as much fruit & veg as possible.

“People can take what they need and all the food is from FareShare. We work with our local Tesco store at Higham’s Park and the community champion and they’ve helped with a trolley in-store that people can donate to.

“We did a campaign at Christmas called ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’ where we come up with 12 items we want to put into Christmas hamper.

“With Tesco’s help, we asked people to buy the food and donate it – things like a yuletide log, crackers and extra special things for Christmas. We got 800 items in one weekend, it was wonderful and that helped us to deliver over 100 Christmas hamper.”

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London Herald