Help ensure that no family is hungry in S Ayrshire

by Children 1st in Girvan, , United Kingdom

We did it
On 7th November 2022 we successfully raised £545 ( + est. £35.00 Gift Aid ) with 9 supporters in 20 days

Help combat the cost-of-living crisis in South Ayrshire. Donate to provide fresh, varied food worth £30 that costs a family just £2.50.

by Children 1st in Girvan, , United Kingdom

1 in 4 children across Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock are living in poverty* 

To address food insecurity in the area, we opened the Children 1st South Ayrshire Food Pantry in January 2022.

Since then, the cost-of-living crisis has only worsened, and families in South Ayrshire continue to feel the burden of covering basic family needs. Food banks provide short-term support, but families struggling on low incomes deserve to make meals that they want to eat. 

Could you help us keep the Food Pantry stock varied and available this winter by donating the value of 1 or more of our high-quality fresh food items?  

If we raise £750 – we will be able to fund 25 weekly food shops for local families in the area.  

What is the Food Pantry?

The Food Pantry exists to tackle food inequalities in South Ayrshire, providing a dignified alternative to food banks.

Families and individuals can sign up for a yearly membership. With a cost of £2.50 every time they shop with us, customers to the Food Pantry can choose up to 10 items up to the value of £30 - from fresh items to cans and packaged foods. This is different to a foodbank, where individuals are not given as much freedom in what they receive. Families that come into the Food Pantry can always be in control over what they eat. 

Customers can visit the Food Pantry weekly, providing an ongoing and sustainable approach to food insecurity. By consistently reducing the costs of their food shop, families and individuals can feel more confident in managing their finances and can concentrate on keeping their children, safe, loved and well.

The Challenge

Membership to the Food Pantry is growing every week, recently surpassing 300.  We expect this number to increase, as the cost-of-living crisis worsens. 

As hard as we try, we cannot always guarantee that all members will have first choice access to our fresh dairy, meat, fruit, and vegetables. Your support will help us to ensure that we have enough stock for our pantry customers to continue to be able to make their own decisions over their food choices. 

Can you donate 1 or more items off our list? Or better yet fund 1 entire shop? 

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Who are we?

We are Children 1st.

We help Scotland’s families to put children first, with practical advice and support in difficult times. When the worst happens, we support survivors of abuse, neglect, and other traumatic events in childhood to recover. We are determined each child has reasons to smile. And we’ll work alongside whoever shares that aim.  

The Food Pantry is more than just a food bank, it is part of the Carrick Family Wellbeing Service. Our service provides the local community access to practical and emotional support through family support and money advice workshops and drop-in sessions. We also have a childcare facility, which provides emotional and developmental support for vulnerable children aged 0-3. 

How can you help?

DONATE – Give what you can to provide affordable high quality fresh food for families in South Ayrshire.  Your money will help us to keep stock replenished and varied through the harsh winter months and the cost-of-living crisis.

TELL EVERYONE - If you love the ethos behind our Food Pantry then please tell your friends and family and anyone else you know. The more people that know about our Food Pantry the more support we can get.

SHARING IS CARING – Research into crowdfunding campaigns suggests that every share on social media will raise around £20. So please share our project on your social media networks and help us reach our goal.

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 *Source: End Child Poverty Coalition • This data is based on the DWP/HMRC statistics "Children in low income families: local area statistics" (March 2022).

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