18 Dec 2020
Building on our considerable experience since March of preparing and distributing substantial food parcels to people in need in Islington, we were able to adapt and extend our Christmas Hamper service this year.
We packed up 135 hampers full of cupboard staples as well as fresh fruit and vegetables. We were able to pop in some Christmas treats to raise spirits after this difficult year. The whole operation was made possible by Islington Council's Local Initiative Fund and the National Lottery Covid-19 funding.
Planning began back in September and came together last week with staff taking turns to pack the bags. We were able to include cards written by staff and students at Highgate School to send some Christmas cheer. The Spanish Nursery in Tufnell Park donated beautifully wrapped presents for the older clients and the Big Alliance provided boxes and boxes of toys for the children at Hornsey Road Children's Centre.
We were also delighted that the Islington GP Federation packed and donated a further 35 hampers for the children's centre.
Feedback was very positive and people were very grateful we had taken the extra time to make this possible. 'You guys didn’t have to do this, but thank you, my wife will be so happy to see this, you guys are doing a great job.'
Learning from our experience with the Emergency Food Hub we were able to call on our volunteer drivers who delivered the hampers to all corners of the borough and made sure they got to the right people.
A big thanks to everyone who helped this year, buying, packing, donating, and driving, as well as all those who phoned clients every week to check on their welfare and were able to spot their need for some extra food or cheer.