As we know at St Anne’s, this winter will be tough for many people in Brighton & Hove, not just for our clients but for the wider community too. Poverty and food insecurity are on the rise as local people are faced with the double impact of reduced incomes and rising food, fuel and housing costs. For rough sleepers and vulnerably housed people, the current climate is particularly tough.
Here at St Anne’s, we’re proud to be part of the Brighton and Hove Food Partnership’s winter crowdfunding campaign #HungryThisWinter, along with 14 other Brighton charities and organisations all working to provide access to food in our city.
Thanks to the amazing goodwill of local people, last year’s crowd-funder raised over £25,000, all of which was spent on essentials for people in need.
That need is significant, and growing: the Emergency Food Network, set up by the Food Partnership in 2013, is a collaboration of food banks and other organisations providing emergency food in our city. In a July 2021 survey, it found that over 5,800 adults and children are supported by the Emergency Food Network in Brighton & Hove, and that the number of organisations providing emergency food has increased by more than 75% since 2019.
So please help us reach a similar target this Christmas, either by donating or by helping to spread the word about the campaign. You can donate here in just a couple of clicks!
- Please share the campaign on your social media using #HungryThisWinter and @btnhovefood. This is a proven way to increase donations.
- Find out more about donating time, money or food to local projects in the Brighton and Hove Food Partnership blog.
- If you want to keep up-to-date on the campaign and other food news in the city, then sign-up to their fortnightly email newsletter.
- If you or someone you know is need of support with food or money issues, please contact the Brighton and Hove City Council Helpline on 01273 293117.