We Need Each Other Now - COVID-19 Emergency

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We Need Each Other Now - COVID-19 Emergency

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Project by Sarah Bentley

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Help community cookery school Made In Hackney feed society's most vulnerable and keep our charity going during the COVID-19 crisis.

New stretch target

The more money we raise, the more people we can provide meals for during the COVID19 crisis. We are currently providing 420 meals a day and are on track to soon increase this to 500 meals per day. To maintain this level of service for 3 months will cost £90K. Can you help us to keep fundraising so we can secure this vital service?

We know the service is saving lives. One meal recipient told us when our meals arrived it was the first food in the household for 3 days. On another occasion our bicycle courier was able to identify an elder who had fallen and needed rushing to hospital. And our welfare callers (a volunteer who calls after the meals have been delivered) have telephoned ambulances on multiple occasions. This service is so much more than food. Its a life line. Please help us to help even more people during the COVID-19 crisis. 


We need each other now! This is an emergency crowdfunder from Made In Hackney in response to the COVID-19 crisis. 

WHO WE ARE

Made In Hackney is a plant-based community cookery school and charity that has changed the lives of 15,000 Londoners. In pre-COVID days we ran free to attend community cookery classes with groups such as young carers, refugees, low income families and many other fantastic community groups to empower people with the skills to lead healthier, happier more connected lives. 

THE CRISIS

Right now the future of Made In Hackney, and the health of our most vulnerable community members is in jeopardy. Due to the COVID-19 situation, the elderly, isolated and people with compromised immune systems are worried about going to the shops to buy food. Many people's livelihoods have collapsed. People are going hungry. 

Made In Hackney is tackling this situation NOW - but we need your help. 

THE SERVICE


On March 26th in partnership with Angelina's restaurant we started taking healthy, nourishing meals direct to the doorsteps of our most vulnerable community members. These people were identified via referrals from charities, community organisations, Citizens Advice Bureau, NHS community workers, concerned neighbours and by self referral. 

We are currently providing 420 meals a day - and are on track to soon increase to 500 meals a day. This means over a 3 month period we will have delivered over 33,000 FREE meals to households who would not otherwise be able to access food. 

Our friendly, non-contact cargo bikers and their volunteer cycle buddies deliver the meals direct to people's doorsteps. They offer a much needed smile and check in to see how people are coping. If needed we refer to other service providers for intervention. Ambulances have been called multiple times as our couriers have spotted urgent medical needs. This service is so much more than food. It is a lifeline.  

THE ASK

When we started this campaign we plunged headlong into getting the service off the ground as quickly as possible and we aimed to raise £30K. Having now started and seeing the huge scale of need - we are attempting to raise £90K so we can keep the service running at maximum capacity for 3 months. Can you help us? 

We need each other now - let's come together to make this happen. 

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