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Act now to help Beyond Food support thousands of vulnerable people during the Coronavirus crisis.
WHO WE ARE
For the last nine years the Beyond Food Foundation has supported over 3,500 vulnerable people who have walked through our doors. We enable people who are either at risk of, or have experienced homelessness to gain meaningful employment and lead sustainable, independent lives.
We use cooking, hospitality and employment, as a medium to move people’s lives forward and open up new horizons.
As the situation develops around Coronavirus, we must adapt quickly to ensure society's most vulnerable people are still supported. We have just recruited twelve new apprentices to our social enterprise restaurant Brigade. These apprentices, who were previously homeless or at risk of homelessness, had been working alongside our professional team to respond to the unfolding crisis.
THE RESPONSE - UPDATE
Our first response to the Coronavirus crisis was to use our restaurant to feed vulnerable people and NHS paramedics in London. In just three days we were able to provide over 3,500 meals and gathered enough food for a further 2,000 meals. The demand was unprecedented and far outstripped our ability to supply.
However, in order to reduce social contact as much as possible, we decided to cease producing and distributing our own meals. We are now focussing on running our COVID-19 Support Line, and using our contacts to match unused food with charities and organisations that are supporting the vulnerable across London.
COVID-19 SUPPORT LINE
Our Support Line is now live!
This service is available to all beneficiaries past and present, all Brigade employees, and any other persons who find themselves in a position of hardship during this time.
We offer five arms of support:
- financial hardship advice
- loneliness companionship
- mental health and wellbeing counselling
- support navigating the benefits system
- getting food or medical supplies in isolation
We are partnering with other charities and organisations to ensure we can support as many people as possible in their time of need.
With a wealth of industry contacts possessing surplus supply and working logistics, we are being offered a huge amount of unused food on a daily basis. On the other side, our charity has supported thousands of individuals and connected us with many organisations which support thousands more. We are acting as the bridge between supply and demand - ensuring that this food is matched with the people who need it most.
We are in need of £50,000 in order to sustain the important work of our charity through these difficult times.
As well as providing assistance through the crisis, these vital funds will ensure both Beyond Food and Brigade Bar + Kitchen can continue its work post-Coronavirus, when London will probably have many more people at risk and requiring our support.
You can help us make a real difference to someone's life during this crisis and beyond. If you can, please donate now.
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