A freezer to feed isolated people
Why we need your help
We need your help to buy a freezer
Not just any freezer, but a chest freezer big enough to feed everyone in Hackney who can't get to food whilst the UK is in lockdown, because they don't have enough money, or are too ill.
We need to raise £608.96.
Who are we?
WaterHouse is a charity restaurant run by local east London charity, Shoreditch Trust. Usually, WaterHouse trains young people in Hackney to become chefs. It is currently closed because of the Coronavirus pandemic, but we would like to open for free, to deliver food parcels and meals to people who cannot get food.
Shoreditch Trust has been helping Hackney for over 20 years. Each year we support around 500 people who are facing challenging situations, including:
- people who have had a stroke
- young people who are feeling lost
- pregnant women and new mums who are facing homelessness, health problems or other difficulties
- older people who are lonely or isolated
- small businesses who are just getting started
Why a freezer?
FareShare, a food charity, is helping local restaurants who have had to close to redistribute the ingredients they will no longer need to the people who need them most. We need to do this as fast as possible, as food will spoil quickly. The ingredients need to be frozen to preserve them, either as they arrive, or in reheatable meals made by Amrit, our chef.
WaterHouse has very limited freezer capacity because all of our dishes are usually made from fresh ingredients, from the chips, to the chicken burger, to the moule mariniere.
Who needs your help?
Lots of the people we support have been badly affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. We are supporting everyone who usually uses our groups, walks and training. Each week the team call my mobile or video chat to see how people are, whether they are well, and if they have the information they need about Coronavirus. We also ask if everyone has the food and drink their family needs to last the week.
We are currently supporting 57 families in Hackney who do not have enough food, and cannot obtain more, either because they have lost their income because of the pandemic, or because a member of the family is are at high risk if they are exposed to Coronavirus.
What happens if we exceed the £608.96 target?
All donations will be used to support people in Hackney now and in the future, this might include providing ingredient packs, giving mobile phones or mobile credit to older people who are alone, or providing support packs.
If we do not reach the target we will do what we can with what we have. This might mean providing meals only for those who are under ‘vulnerable shielding’ (if we can obtain ingredients) or providing a limited number of supermarket vouchers to people with children.
What will happen to the freezer afterwards?
WaterHouse and the young person’s chef scheme (Blue Marble Training) have been offered a bakery space in Hoxton. The freezer will go to the new bakery (once it is built) to house dough.
Do you need our help?
If you or someone you know needs urgent help to access food, or emotional support at this time, call us on 020 7033 7501 or email email@example.com. We will arrange the rest.
raised towards £609.00 target
Mar 31, 2020
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