Quorum and LCT food hubs get connected
When we talk about ‘tough challenges’, we’re normally referring to engineering ones. But when we were approached by our local food bank, in need of a helping hand, we saw tough challenges from a different perspective.
This isn’t a story about overcoming engineering challenges. It’s about economic hardship, the impact of pandemic and the suffering of the most vulnerable in our community. It’s a reminder to us about the small things we can all do to make a big difference.
We’re engineers, not cooks, but our heart strings were pulled when we heard about the work of a local community fridge and pop-up café, from one of its volunteers at Crudgington Primary School Katie Cunningham.
The Community Fridge
To give a bit of background, the LCT food hubs has grown out of a tactical community initiative started in early 2020. Initially, staff at Wrekin View, a Wellington primary school, in Shropshire, noticed that some of their children, were going without basic foodstuffs, sometimes eating waste food. The situation worsened as the pandemic progressed.
The first thing they did was to open ‘The Community Fridge’. This is simply a fridge and larder, stocked by donations from other families, local businesses, church, and community groups, with food distributed as sensitively as possible from the school.
LCT food hubs
Like most of us, the volunteers hoped the COVID-19 crisis, and its impact on lives, would ease fairly quickly. However, sadly it didn’t. More families were affected, which is why the Learning Community Trust extended the ‘food hub’ concept to other community schools, in an effort to help tackle the growing issue of child food deprivation.
The team also launched ‘pop-up’ cafés, during the school holidays. Advertised by A-frames on the pavements next to the café. They are popular with whole families, as well as the elderly and isolated. But, unless you see the A-Frame you may not know they’re there.
The LCT food hubs moto…
“Give what you can and take what you need!”.
After a discussion with the volunteers, it was quickly identified that a Facebook presence to get the message ‘out there’, was the biggest priority. As the team were busy doing frontline charity work we stepped in to help.
So, we did some work to strengthen the brand message and created a Facebook page to share their story, increase donations, and attract more volunteers. As well as reach more local people in need and inspire other food banks.
We are thrilled to say LCTFoodHubs on Facebook was launched this month.
Look, like and share and find out why Dr Hilary Jones, from Good Morning Britain is getting in on the action!
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