Help us feed 100 vulnerable people in South London

by Be Enriched
Help us feed 100 vulnerable people in South London
Help us feed 100 vulnerable people in South London
Help us feed 100 vulnerable people in South London
Help us feed 100 vulnerable people in South London
Help us feed 100 vulnerable people in South London
Help us feed 100 vulnerable people in South London
Help us feed 100 vulnerable people in South London
Help us feed 100 vulnerable people in South London

It's been a busy start to the year here at Be Enriched and with lots of exciting stuff happening, we thought we'd give you a quick update on everything that's been going on with us.

With help from Wandsworth Council Be Enriched's The Food Bus was able to launch our project: Wandsworth Family Food Deliveries.

Over the Easter period, our Food Bus team delivered 40 free food packages to families with young children in Wandsworth! Each package contained a weekly shop with fresh fruit and veg, milk, cheese, eggs, yogurts, bread, cupboard staples, snacks for babies and children, plus some Easter goodies including chocolate eggs and hot cross buns. These were gratefully received by everyone!

In addition, we have been busy creating a hub of money-saving tips on our website in response to the Cost of Living Crisis. These are split across key areas including: shopping, heating and hot water, transport, and electricity. There are also links to other useful resources and financial support information! We have also been sharing our advice on our social media to reach as many people as possible. Check out our posts here.

We are also pleased to announce that we are now working with Community Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers (CARAS), supporting their work bettering the lives of refugees living in South London. The reality of everyday life for many refugees can include living in temporary accommodation without access to kitchens, often with very limited food choices. Many also have no access to public funds, leaving them unable to buy food or hygiene products for themselves.

We have opened our canteens to any and all refugees and asylum seekers, offering a space where they can socialise with other guests and eat a three-course hot, nutritious meal. We will also be offering members of CARAS the opportunity to volunteer at the canteens, helping them build valuable cooking skills, and interact with other volunteers, whilst making a contribution to their new community.

To celebrate the Queens Platinum Jubilee, Be Enriched teamed up with sister organisation Brixton Peoples Kitchen which hosted a community street party on the historic Lambeth Walk.

Alongside BPK, Be Enriched helped to plan and execute an incredible day with free food and a pop-up pay-as-you-feel Grocery Store. Residents were also asked to bring a dish to share, encouraging the community to come together, while enjoying performances from Mind and Soul Choir, local residents, and the Majorettes Hula Hoopers!

Last but not least- following on from being Highly Commended at the Social Value Awards, we were delighted to be nominated for the Community Organisation Award at the National Diversity Awards 2022!

This event celebrates the excellent achievements of grass-root organisations that tackle the issues in today’s society, and we are very proud to be recognised for our work in the community.

Part of the decision rested on a public vote, and we would like to say thank you to everyone who showed their support for us.

Stay tuned for more updates!

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Happy New Year! From all of us here at Brixton People's Kitchen.

While we know it is tradition to set a new years resolution, we've decided to keep ours the same- feed hungry people!

With limited services available to families over the festive period, Judy and Georgia worked up until New Year's Eve making sure our local community had meals to get them through until January.

Brixton People's Kitchen sourced, individually packed and distributed 60 bags of groceries to families in Lambeth. Each bag contained fresh, high quality (and even some organic) produce. Alongside this, we packed in some cupboard staples, including pasta, rice and cooking aids.

After our food van was packed full, we delivered these bags of groceries to families and set up convenient pick-up points for multiple families living in the same area.

But it isn't just about the food. We are called the People's Kitchen because our community is at the heart of everything that we do. It is about greeting our customers by name, meeting their babies who were born in lockdown 1, 2 or 3! Greeting them with a smile whilst standing in the cold by our van and wishing them all the best- and really meaning it.

It's January now, a New Year for all of us, but we know that the challenges of 2021 to not end here. So, we look forward to doing what we do for another year, and hopefully many more.

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At Be Enriched we've always marketed ourselves as providing more than food.

Our canteens are a place to develop new friendships, develop skills and improve well being.

We know our guests very well, all their issues, personal and societal as well as the latest edition to the family.

But most importantly over the years we've realised thta many do not recieve the support and benifits they are entitiled to. Sometimes it's because they haven't applied, sometimes because they don't think they will qualify, but mainly it's becasue they don't know about it.

With this in mind we have develeoped a leaflet alongside many other Wandsworth based organisations detailing all of this information.

We think it's great - what do you think?


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After 15 months away from our guests it is with great pleasure we can annouce that we are re-opening our very first community canteen.

IT'LL BE DIFFERENT OF COURSE.

We've had to limit the amount of people to 20 and our volunteers to 6. We'll be doing table service for food and tea as well as checking temperatures on arrival. But at the end of the day we'll all be sat together to enjoy companionship and a hot meal - which will be joyus.

We'll still be delivering to 75 households across the brorough some groceries and a hot meal and slowly we hope to bring people back to face to face meetings as the rules relax and more people are vaccinated.

It's been a difficult year overall, we've lost a few friends, we've lost a lot of income but we haven't lost our anticipation and appetite for this day.

 

Wish us luck as we venture forward with tomorrow

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