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Good grub = better health/prospects/lives...

by Diane Hall in York, England, United Kingdom


£5,000 stretch target 1 day left
100% 49 supporters
Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 16th June 2021 at 12:00pm

People are better equipped, physically and mentally, to overcome adversity if they enjoy a healthy diet. Hence, our Grub Club.

by Diane Hall in York, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Purchase outdoor seating equipment to create a community cafe as well as delivery to beneficiaries' doors. This will help reduce residents' social isolation as a result of continual shielding and Covid-19 restrictions.

 Tang Hall Community Centre sits amid one of England’s 10% most deprived areas. Issues within the community include social isolation and health inequality, and extreme poverty/families on low incomes. The cooking events we run under normal circumstances, our community cafes, and the various classes/courses delivered by those hiring our rooms, make a significant, positive contribution to these problems.

Pre-pandemic, a number of residents relied on Tang Hall Community Centre’s food events and cafes for nutritious meals (which ran on a free or pay-as-you-feel basis). The need to continue this during the pandemic was just as acute. We therefore began delivering free hot meals to residents most in need when lockdown began. The centre has approximately 30 regular volunteers who continue to organise and create 160+ hot meals each week. To put our support into further context, during Summer 2020, we delivered more than 6,000 meals to those in need.

Some of our residents are completely alone, with no family to help. They have no idea how to access help for life's basics; some have dementia and others wouldn't have a clue how to book a supermarket slot. A number of local families cannot always afford to feed their children, due to reduced income - particularly during school holidays and closures during lockdown. According to local indices, people living just a few streets away live, on average, five years longer than residents in our community, with poverty and poor diet cited as two of the causes.

Though we receive surplus food from Fareshare, M&S and Waitrose, we still have costs to run the Isolation Grub Club, i.e. recyclable packaging, kitchen hire and missing ingredients. Not only does our Isolation Grub Club instil transferable skills in the volunteers who help deliver the project, it also improves the health and well-being of beneficiaries. Studies have shown that people are better equipped, physically and mentally, to tackle issues in their life if they enjoy a healthy, nutritious diet.

We take a longer-term view than such as food banks; by educating residents as to the health benefits of whole/organic foods and seasonal produce and how best to create delicious meals using such ingredients - even when on a budget - people can make positive, sustainable changes.

Let's make 'Good grub = better health/prospects/lives...' happen

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