Reduction marks a shift in how people are getting the help they need.
April’s total of 1,962 meals delivered to clients and family members was the first time since September 2019 that the monthly figure has dipped below 2,000.
The number of meals provided by the Food Hub has now fallen for three months in a row as we see a shift in the way people are accessing the food help they need.
As we noted last month, a number of our longer-term clients are no longer being referred to us because their situations have improved, or they are receiving extra support to help them manage. Other clients have been encouraged to move on to one of our local Food Stops:
- Old Lodge Lane Baptist Church, Purley
- St Francis Church, Monks Hill
- Parchmore Methodist Church, Thornton Heath.
At a Food Stop, clients can choose up to £20 of food for £3.50 a week, as well as get help with the kind of problems that are often linked to food poverty.
We work closely with the Food Stops and other local organisations and are glad to be able to give them food as requested.
In the year ended 31st March, of the 92,000 items donated to the Food Hub we redistributed 7,200 to the Food Stops and others, including The Link drop-in centre for the homeless in Croydon, Croydon Nightwatch and Thomas More School, Purley, who provided pop-up food banks for Christmas and Easter.
This collaboration is exactly how we want things to work – the Food Hub acting as an emergency food bank helping people for the short term, while the Food Stops and our partner agencies help people in need to become more independent over the longer term.
In all this, one thing has not changed. Every tin, packet, jar, bottle or box kindly donated to the Food Hub goes to someone in crisis in the local area.
Each item makes a real difference, and we and our clients are hugely grateful to each and every donor for their generosity and support.