Action for Refugees in Lewisham are fundraising for Helping Hands, a Food Bank which aims to reduce food insecurity and its consequences, ensuring that the most vulnerable people in Lewisham and South-East London don’t go hungry.
Once a week, the Helping Hands Food Bank will provide food boxes and parcels to refugees and asylum seekers who are destitute, with little or no access to food. We will work in partnership with Fareshare – who save good food destined for waste and send it to charities and community groups like ours – to provide fresh food (meat, dairy, fruit, vegetables), as well as non-perishables and essential household items.
Helping Hands will also serve as a platform for education and self-sufficiency, providing advice and resources, which encourage our clients to eat healthily and reduce their food costs by running a series of workshops with a community development nutritionist.
Unlike traditional Food Banks, we will not limit the number of times people receiving food boxes can use the service, meaning that they can access ongoing support and are less likely to go hungry.
AFRIL is a registered charity (1116344) who work with refugees, asylum seekers and other vulnerable migrants living in South-East London, aiming to alleviate poverty and isolation, advance education, and encourage empowerment through community involvement. Since 2006, we have provided support to around 120 people per week, and our regular free services include: ESOL classes, advice services, a Saturday School for children aged between 4 and 11, and special support programmes assisting those in greatest need. Please visit our website to find out more about what we do.
With your help we can make a real difference to the lives of our clients, stopping people going hungry when they are destitute or in a crisis, and ensuring that their children and families live happier, healthier lives.