The weekly food bags are provided with the aim of empowering individuals, couples and families who engage and build relationship with us at Fresh Start. Through relationship we become aware of those looking to progress out of their challenging circumstances and who would benefit from support in the form of a bag of food. These bags contain various items of fresh ambient products, usually enough to provide two or three healthy meals per week.
Each recipient is given a personal time slot to collect their food bag which provides an opportunity for the relationship to grow and strengthen, always ensuring total confidentiality, this upholds the dignity of each person and reduces any potential embarrassment.
Over the year we have seen families’ situations positively change to the point where they no longer need our food bags. However, as new families attend Fresh Start, we are aware that others are in need of this support, so we have been able to offer help in this way to new families.
FareShare continue to be a major partner in helping us provide essential food to local people.
Our response to Covid-19
We have been able to continue to support and connect with the families through the Food Bag project during the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions. We have adjusted the way that we operate this project so that we comply with the Covid-19 guidelines.
We currently make up around 22 bags each week, during school term time, which equates to around 72 individuals benefiting from these food bags each week. We have distributed 7.61 tonnes of food with an estimated retail value of £10,819.
"I would like to say a big thank you to Fresh Start, the volunteers, suppliers and very one who donates to this fantastic cause. The past year has been very difficult as a single parent having lost a wonderful wife and mother. The food parcels and Christmas hampers we received throughout the year has really helped especially with me being able to put any extra money towards our bills. Christmas was fantastic (I was fearing it) and we were able to laugh and smile. Many thanks."
Dad of 2
"To everyone at Fresh Start, also the people who supply and donate. Since my mum has passed away you have been a BIG help to me my daddy and my brother, without your help through these very tough times we would not have been able to manage without the food hampers and Christmas hampers also your support which has been a great help, we have been able to be on top of all our bills which has taken a great lot of stress of my daddy and for him to be able to smile and laugh like he did when mummy was around. Once again thank you very much for your generosity we appreciate it very much."
"I am a single mother and no one has helped as Fresh Start has done for me and my family."