Global’s Make Some Noise is supporting charities like Sufra NW London which is working hard to provide a lifeline for families living in extreme poverty, as well as the vulnerable and socially isolated.
Since the coronavirus outbreak, thousands of people have lost their income and are now struggling to survive. Those relying on benefits, refugee and asylum seeking families, the elderly and homeless are among those in desperate need of support.
In less than three months since the beginning of the pandemic, Sufra NW London has already experienced a 250% increase in demand for the Food Bank as those hardest hit struggle to feed their families.
Desperate to provide food and support to those who need it, volunteer drivers have delivered contactless Food Bank parcels to over 11,000 recipients so far (May 2020) – which is more than they provided all last year.
In addition to the Food Bank, the charity has a Community Kitchen service which is providing almost 2,000 nutritious hot meals every week during the current climate.
With COVID leaving the most vulnerable people isolated, the charity’s advisors are also on hand to help people deal with ongoing benefits and housing problems, as well as provide a compassionate ear at this difficult time.
But with fundraising events cancelled, donations are now more important than ever to fund the Food Aid Services and deliver hot nutritious meals, toiletries and welfare advice to those in need.
Margaret, 85, lives alone after her husband passed away and her daughter, who was her main source of support, also passed away two years ago. She has struggled with basic household chores, but the Covid–19 outbreak has meant she is unable to leave her house to buy food.
Sufra has been able to support her with weekly food packages and the five minute, socially distanced, conversations with their delivery driver have meant the world to her.