As the global pandemic continues and inflation rates rise rapidly, hunger is growing. The demand for local organisations to support vulnerable families in the UK through food projects such as community kitchens, food pantries and social supermarkets is increasing relentlessly. The Covid-19 pandemic propelled the UK into an unprecedented crisis. Measures taken to stop the spread of the virus causing levels of food poverty to rise.
To tackle this problem, the international charity Action Against Hunger UK partnered with the globally renowned restaurant chain YO! Sushi to host cooking classes at Brasshouse Community Centre in Smethwick. Chefs from YO! Sushi taught 80 children and their families how to make sushi from scratch. The free class took place during the Easter holidays – a time when many children in this community do not have as much access to vital food support from their schools as they would in term time.
In addition, in 2020 Action Against Hunger partnered with the Brasshouse Community Centre in Smethwick during the pandemic to help increase access to healthy nutritious food for vulnerable households. Brasshouse community centre opened a social supermarket on-site, where members pay £5 and can pick for themselves fresh fruit and vegetables to make a week’s worth of nutritious meals for their family worth £30.
Social supermarkets as a more dignified solution to food banks is not a new concept. However, with reports that 14 per cent of UK adults living with children had struggled to provide food for their family in 2020, it is becoming increasingly important to meet the demands for these types of services.