Seasonal downturn belies the upward trend

After an extremely busy December and January, the number of meals delivered by the Food Hub fell by almost a quarter in February. The total was 3,501, compared to 4,644 in each of the previous two months.

The dip was not unexpected – February has been quieter than January every year since 2015. In fact it is normally our quietest month of the year. Nevertheless 2021 was still our busiest February ever, with nearly 100 more meals delivered compared to 2020, and 73% more than in 2019.

It is also significant that nine of our top ten busiest-ever months have occurred in the past year, so the overall trend is still decisively upwards. If March 2020 (5,067 meals) is any indication we can expect a lively few weeks ahead.

Behind the statistics lie real human stories, and one testimonial received this month from a client gives a good illustration of this:

“I want to take this opportunity to thank the entire Purley Food Hub team, as we really appreciate your kind support during this difficult time. I cannot express how much it has helped me to recover from my struggle as a single Mum with four kids and no access to public funding. Hope that I will find a way to thank you all one day. Thank you all for what you do for us.”

We couldn’t meet this need without our superb army of volunteers and supporters. Local neighbourhood and social media initiatives are becoming increasingly popular. We now have 16 yellow One Tin bins collecting supplies as well as dedicated trolleys in shops and supermarkets. Thanks once again to Croydon Covid-19 Mutual Aid for providing the bins, and to everyone hosting them and contributing items.

Current collection points are listed below. Donations can also be delivered on Wednesday and Saturday mornings to Purley United Reformed Church – the door is at the end of the roadway along the left side of the church building from Brighton Road.
Thank you so much for your support.