Once again another busy but rewarding week.
Supporting the Local Community
At FoodAWARE we aren’t just about food. We are about helping the local community in any way we can.
Please find below just two examples of how our team have stepped forward to offer our support and how you can help.
Kirsty is only 17 and due to no fault of her own cannot live at home. She also cannot claim benefits in her own right, alone and scared with no food and no money she found herself in a huge crisis.
Our volunteers stepped up and within an afternoon had delivered food, clothing, hygiene items and warmth to her.
Late December our Ops Manager Mel got a call from local social workers. Please can we help, there are three small children, one has no bed and two are sleeping in heavily soiled beds, do you have any second hand ones in the warehouse?
Mel took action and within a week Food Aware had delivered brand new bunk beds and a single bed to this family. Not only that but also Christmas presents for the children and a food hamper.
The children said it was the best Christmas ever.
Jan is in her 80’s and recently lost her husband. Alone and grieving not knowing how to access the benefits system she found herself in crisis.
Food Aware arranged for ongoing food parcels to be delivered to her weekly, while doing this they found out her boiler had broken and she had no heating or hot water. Using our kindness fund we arranged for a repair so Jan could once again be comfortable in her home.
You can help us to keep doing this by making a donation today, most of our donations come at Christmas but sadly the crisis and need is there always. Help us to continue helping families all year round plus other members within the community like Kirsty and Jan who needed help and support.
You can donate directly to us at our PayPal page by clicking the following link – FoodAWARE CIC PayPal – Every little donation can make a big difference.
Doncaster Stories with the National Literacy Trust
Huge thanks to Phil at Doncaster Stories for donating books to Northgate Community Hub. It takes a whole network of close community partnership to make the magic work. We are all stronger together in reaching those in need across our community and it is a privilege to be the centre point of this activity.
Northgate Community Hub is the home of Northgate Pre School & Toddlers, based in Tickhill, Doncaster.
The books kindly donated by Doncaster Stories to Northgate Community Hub were distributed throughout the community this week. These included a number of books for younger children, some stories for those in KS2, and a variety of magazines.
It was our pleasure to be involved in this.
Phil also helped support Helping Hands Community Centre with a donation of books and comics. His ongoing support through The Literacy Trust enables us to supply these amazing books and comics to our community.
The Helping Hands Centre is a Charity in the heart of Edlington, their aim is to empower the community; to support the community. They offer a wide range of support, activities and volunteer opportunities.
The Helping Hands Centre is making a major contribution to the regeneration of the local community. It does this through the development and expansion of community learning provision, support and well-being services.
Doncaster Street Hub
Doncaster Street Hub are a group of dedicated volunteers, working to support The Complex Lives team and other services to prevent begging on the streets of Doncaster.
They provide hot meals, basic essentials, toiletries, sanitary items, bedding and clothing to the town’s homeless and vulnerable. Their aim is to create a friendly atmosphere where people can drop in for a hot meal, a chat, ask for information and directions to the correct services and reduce the need for begging.
They have some fantastic support from the Co-op supermarkets who provide them with weekly contributions of fruit, vegetables etc, Greggs bakeries, us at FoodAware CIC and the donations of food and clothing from the general public helps massively.
Anyone wishing to lend a hand or make a donation please contact them through the messages section of their Facebook page by clicking the following link – Doncaster Street Hub on Facebook.
Supporting the Mexborough Community
Thanks to our kind donors/supporters we were pleased to utilise our Kindness Fund to provide a new bed and bedroom furniture for the affected family. Also a very good quality double bed & mattress (nearly new).
We hope that the family settle back into their home and can now look to the future.
You can donate directly to our Kindness Fund at our PayPal page by clicking the following link – FoodAWARE CIC PayPal – Every little donation can make a big difference.
On Fri, we welcomed our latest volunteers – Andrew, Alison & Alfie who wanted to know how the Foodbank works as part of his ‘home schooling’ schedule
Matt Fearn who usually manages Old Market Hall/Spoons in Mex is now a regular volunteer helping others out while he is furloughed.
Our Ops Manager Mel Howram & Volunteer Coordinator Clare Hodgen met the growing team of volunteers.
Huge thanks to Abdul & the team at Ilhaam Connected Networks for their latest donation. Also to the team The New Surgery in Mex for their latest donation.
And another fridge freezer donation from Swinton collected by our volunteers. Thanks Ken Wyatt for coordinating!
Huge thanks to all of our volunteers for their tireless efforts each week helping those less fortunate in these very challenging times!
Fab partnership with Mexborough Christian Community Church helping to deliver food parcel every single week since lockdown started in March 2020.
Thank you so much for all of your support with lots of donations from local residents, businesses and community groups! Please donate via our donation box at Lidl GB in Mexborough if you can