Putting our Neighbours First
While millions around the world have suffered like never before, many in the UK have been facing immense difficulty too. Lockdowns have caused the closure of businesses and schools resulting in unemployment and greater pressure to provide for families.
While we may assume the UK is a developed and wealthy country, unfortunately the reality is far from this. 8.4 million people in the UK cannot afford to eat. 4.7 million of these people live in severely food insecure homes, which means meals are often skipped or reduced and food intake and quality varies day to day.
30% of all children live in poverty. The Food Foundation estimates 1.97 million people within the UK may be undernourished, while other sources estimate this figure to be as high at 3 million.
In the UK, we launched our Neighbours First project, which is a community-based initiative whereby we seek to distribute emergency food parcels and support families living in poverty and the homeless. We seek to raise awareness and tackle issues of hunger and food scarcity in the UK, with a focus on addressing childhood hunger and malnutrition.
Thanks to your support, we provided vital food parcels and gifts to hundreds of vulnerable families in the UK. We have also provided food to hospitals for healthcare workers who have worked tirelessly, putting their lives at risk. Their commitment has been heroic.