The £16,480 raised for the Helping Hands Food Bank will reduce food insecurity among some of the most vulnerable members of the community in Lewisham and South-East London.
WE DID IT - WHAT A CAMPAIGN ✨🎉👯👏🏽 thank you so much to everyone who helped us raise £16,480 for our food bank, you are amazing!—
AFRIL (@Afril) May 05, 2017
Su Johnston (@su_jo) April 24, 2017
Once a week the food bank will provide food boxes and parcels to refugees and asylum seekers who are destitute, with little or no access to food.
Tom Martin, Rainbow Club Manager at AFRIL warns that refugees are particularly at risk of destitution due to restrictions surrounding work, poor language skills and difficulties in gaining suitable accommodation. From Mr. Martin’s experience, there is an urgent need for the food bank:
‘From what we see of the people who come into the organisation, the destitute refugees and asylum seekers are always asking for food, clothing and toiletries and it’s something that’s been the case for years and it’s not going to go away given the support that the government’s offering.’
There is an estimated 117.234 refugees living in the UK according to the British Red Cross, which is just 0.18 % of the total population (64.1 million people).
AFRIL (@Afril) April 30, 2017
At the end of March, Channel 4 anchor Jon Snow lent his support to the fundraiser on Twitter.
Jon Snow (@jonsnowC4) March 28, 2017
Mr. Martin believes the government are not providing adequate support to refugees to avoid destitution. If this is true, the work of grassroots organisations such as AFRIL is vital to our new arrivals.