Sadly, the borough of Newham has been disproportionately affected by the pandemic. But now, as households strive to get back on their feet, many more are being pushed in poverty by soaring food and energy prices. As always, it’s those who can least afford it who are being hurt the most.
Can you help our Newham neighbours fight the cost of living crisis this summer?
Across the UK, food banks distributed over 2.1 million emergency food parcels over the last year – 14% more than before the pandemic started*. It’s a similar experience for us at Bonny Downs. Both food bank attendance and demand for debt advice remain stubbornly higher than before it began.
There’s no question that the months ahead will be challenging for our neighbours, says Stacey Cordery, our Director of Children, Youth and Families Provision. “We always see a rise demand for food during the school summer holidays, and we expect this year to be worse than usual. We also know many families who are really struggling to afford school uniforms for the year ahead” she says.
Food bank volunteer Andrew believes that our food bank visitors could easily be facing an increase in weekly spend of £30 due to rising food and utility prices, and the cost of providing services is also increasing for us as a charity. For example, before Covid we estimated the cost of providing an emergency food parcel for one person was around £10. Today it’s closer to £15.
Gemma Stone-Wooster, our food bank co-manager adds, “Our food bank and debt advice guests are shocked and frustrated to find that supermarket items costing £1 last week are now £1.20. When you’re already on a low income and struggling to get back on your feet, it’s much more difficult to absorb the increase. They are increasingly forced to make impossible choices between paying utility bills and putting food on the table.”
If you can afford to, we invite you to make a donation to our summer appeal, which will help to cover the running costs of our services and support our neighbours in need.
Donate today and your gift will be DOUBLED at no extra cost!
Thanks to the support of the National Emergencies Trust, your donation will be match funded and DOUBLED at no extra cost to you! This means your generosity will have TWICE the impact for your neighbours in need this summer.
For example, if you give £5, it will be DOUBLED to £10. Or give £50, it will be doubled to £100. In fact, all donations will be matched by up to £250!
Look what your gift could achieve for the community...
Thank you so much for your support. It could make all the difference to a struggling neighbour this summer!
As a local community charity, we are very grateful for your donation, which helps to keep our services running at a very challenging time. We couldn't do this without you!
We know that times are tough for many - so if you are not in a position to give money, we completely understand, and you can still help!
If you can donate a school uniform in good condition, we would be thrilled to give it a new home. Or if you're able to drop food to our foodbank to help our guests feed their families over the summer holidays, we'd appreciate that too. For details of what and how to donate, please see our website.
Alternatively, we invite you to sign and share this petition from our partners Trussell Trust. It calls for the government urgently to increase benefits in line with the true cost of living, and make a longer-term commitment to ensure everybody can afford to buy essentials.
However you feel able to contribute, thank you for your support in helping Newham to fight the cost of living crisis!
For larger donations of more than £250, the first £250 will be matched. For example a donation of £500 will attract the maximum £250 match funding and we will receive £750.
All the money we receive will go to our work that helps our neighbours to recover from the pandemic and fight the cost of living crisis. We'll allocate it across our projects where our teams need it most, including our food bank, community support and family services, and the costs we incur in delivering these services.
You can read more about our charity and the work we do on our website bonnydowns.org