It was with immense pride that we became involved with the 'Feeding the NHS' campaign in the early stages and this pandemic. This brought to our attention the desperate need within the community where food poverty is of great concern – a rising consequence of the effects of coronavirus on many individuals and families.
Through this we have became aware of the work of local and national food charities, namely Mid Surrey Community Fridges and FareShare. There has been much publicity recently around the problems of Food Poverty in society and the awareness has been greatly enhanced by the work of Marcus Rashford and the ongoing media as a result.
These initiatives motivated us to establish Outreach Connect. With the mission of ‘Feeding hope into the Community, Outreach Connect aims at providing meals for those in the community who are vulnerable and most at risk. Food Poverty in our local community is a hugely growing problem, effecting every aspect of our society.
We are working with schools, local charities & agencies and community groups to distribute meals on a weekly basis to many people, who simply cannot afford to buy food, access food and most alarmingly feed their children.
Today we handed over 250 ‘Outreach Connect’ community meals to the Mid Surrey Community Fridges for distribution to the most vulnerable and in need local families and households.
For some time now we have been committed to working with our local community and because food is our passion we want to provide tasty and healthy meals to as many as we can that need it the most.
Kick started by our involvement with Feeding the NHS frontliners during lockdown it became increasingly apparent that there are so many more people in our community who are isolated, at risk or struggling and desperately need help.
So we have established ‘Outreach Connect’ which is for us to ‘reach out’ with our food to those in need and ‘connect’ with other community programmes to ensure the food gets to where it is needed most.
We are honoured to be working with Mid Surrey Community Fridges. Their aim is to stop food wastage and to redistribute the excess food from supermarkets, restaurants, cafes and suppliers to residents so food is not wasted. They prioritise those most in need, but the food available from their community fridge locations is free to anybody.
Have a look at their work – it is truly inspiring