The selfless people feeding families through lockdown

An army of dedicated people giving up their own time are feeding families during the second lockdown.

During the height of the Covid-19 pandemic Inclusive Exeter provided food to more than 1,000 people, not only from ethnic minority communities, but also to anyone who asked across the city and further afield.

At the height of lockdown, four chefs were cooking and freezing meals which were then delivered by up to 15 volunteers on a rota basis, first on a daily basis, then every other day. In addition, food parcels were put together and delivered to those in need.

Other volunteers were involved in purchasing commodities, packing the food parcels, taking telephone or requests via social media.

Muktar Ahmed unloading food supplies for the food parcels
(Image: Inclusive Exeter)

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Starting on November 12, 2020, Inclusive Exeter will re-start distributing free food parcels to those in Exeter facing a tough time due to the pandemic.

Whether you or someone you know is elderly, vulnerable, a key worker or otherwise struggling, Inclusive Exeter said they can help with providing ambient and cupboard food items for free.

Formerly Exeter Communities Together CIC, they are a partnership of grassroots community organisations established to give Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people in Exeter a greater voice.

Shahar Lashkor helping with food supplies
(Image: Inclusive Exeter)

The group received vital funding from the Government Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, administered by The National Lottery Community Fund to continue its Coronavirus Hardship Relief Project.

Previously the Inclusive Exeter Coronavirus Hardship Relief Project involved preparing and delivering free meals to those facing a tough time, as well as translating guidance on self-isolation, social distancing and lockdown in different languages.

Kate Hannan, the Inclusive Exeter secretary, said: “This virus is taking its toll on people in so many ways.

“With another lockdown now and winter on its way livelihoods are being affected and people are going to struggle. Inclusive Exeter is delighted to be able to help. As with our previous food delivery project, people from a wide range of backgrounds are coming together to pool their skills and get help where it’s needed.”

The project will run for six months to support members of the community and respond to ongoing challenges of Covid-19.

The team are also looking for volunteers to help on Thursday, November 12th.

To find out more about food parcels or to offer help, email Shahar Lashkor: shahar.lashkor@inclusiveexeter.org.uk or contact Muktar Ahmed on muktar.ahmed@inclusiveexeter.org.uk

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