We delivered 10 fresh food parcels on Christmas Eve to Radian residents whom we knew would have struggled over the Christmas period for food.
Unlike ‘Food Bank’ food parcels – these parcels included fresh produce and the food was kindly supplied by the charity, FareShare. Families received a crate and bag full of fresh meat, vegetables, cheese, bread and dessert to name a few items. Families also received a bouquet of flowers which were also provided through FareShare. Colne Avenue Baptist church in Millbrook kindly let us use their hall to put the parcels together and two volunteers and three Radian staff worked hard to put the put the parcels together and deliver them around Southampton.
Radian normally runs a project called The Good Grub Club which tackles holiday hunger in the school holidays, but due to schools closing just before the Christmas week, we felt that providing parcels instead would provide the most support.
We will be running a Good Grub Club session on Friday 4 January at Colne Avenue Baptist church in Millbrook between 11am – 1pm, where families will prepare a meal, take part in activities and eat together at the end of the session. We have partnered with Solent NHS Trust, Colne Avenue Baptist church and FareShare to put this session together. If anyone would like to book on, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Paula Windebank, Community Involvement Officer from Radian helped on Christmas Eve. She said, “Christmas can be a difficult time financially for some of our residents. We worked with colleagues in Southampton to identify families in need of food over Christmas. Thanks to the Southern FareShare, we were able to help families while also distributing food that would have otherwise gone to landfill. I was happy to help as it was good to remind yourself that not everyone is as fortunate at this time of year. One of the residents began to cry when I delivered the food which set me off too – it was a lovely thing to be able to do on Christmas Eve.”
“Thank you SO much for the food bank parcel. I was and still am overwhelmed. Kids and I are going to have a feast tomorrow and over the festive season. Thank you so much.”