There are initiatives across the city making it easier for people and businesses to offer help through good food, and support those in the food sector affected by the pandemic.
- Can Do Bristol are coordinating Bristol’s volunteer response to coronavirus. This should be the first place to try if you are offering any kind of community support. Can Do Bristol will help allocate people across the city to the places they are most needed.
- If you’re in the north of the city, The Community Hub Bristol & South Glos has lots of information for both volunteers and those in need of assistance.
- You can join the NHS volunteer responders, which can involve collecting and delivering shopping and essential supplies for those who are self-isolating.
- The Matthew Tree Project are looking for a range of things: volunteer drivers; a temperature controlled transit van; Helping Through Crisis volunteers to speak with vulnerable people on the phone; volunteer senior administrator/secretarial support; volunteer chef with commercial kitchen.
- The National Food Service need volunteers: delivery people, phone line managers & qualified cooks. Currently, the National Food Service particularly needs cooks and drivers for their new kitchen in Lockleaze. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Other organisations which may be in need of volunteers: Food Clubs (citywide), Somali Kitchen (St Paul’s), REFRESH (Bedminster), Ashton Gate Stadium, Bristol Ageing Better, Square Food Foundation, Barton Hill Settlement, The Vench
Donating to support the emergency response
- The National Emergencies Trust has launched a Coronavirus Appeal to help those most affected by the outbreak.
- Donations can be made to help people locally, via Quartet’s Coronavirus 2020 Response Fund.
- FareShare South West have launched a Coronavirus Emergency Appeal.
- You can donate to the Trussell Trust, who operate 4 food banks in Bristol.
- Caring in Bristol have launched a COVID-19 Emergency Appeal.
- Square Food Foundation have launched #SquareMeals to distribute up to 550 meals a day to approximately 100 families plus 50 looked-after children who will continue to attend Oasis Academy Connaught.
- Coexist Community Kitchen are crowdfunding to raise £5,000 to turn their kitchen into a COVID-19 emergency kitchen, producing 600 meals a week, for as long as they are needed.
- The Easton Cowboys and Cowgirls Sports and Social Club from the Plough Inn are fundraising to support their free food delivery service for anyone who can’t get out or afford frush fruit & veg.
- Baraka Community Café in Easton are fundraising to provide food for families in need and in self isolation through Baraka Community Café Pay it Forward delivery.
- The National Food Service are raising £4,000 to Provide emergency food for vulnerable, elderly and low income people during COVID-19 crisis.
Donating to support food businesses
- Support food and farming workers hit by the crisis through Bristol Food Union.
- Wriggle have launched Indie Kitty to help support independents through the COVID-19 outbreak, so you can buy vouchers now, to eat out later at your favourite restaurants.
Donating surplus food
I’m a food manufacturer and I have a little bit of ambient stock to donate / I’m an individual and I have a small amount of ambient food to donate.
Find your nearest food bank.
I’m a food manufacturer and I have a little bit of fresh stock to donate / I’m an individual and I have a small amount of fresh food to donate.
Donate to your nearest community organisation providing meals. Your local community anchor organisation can help you find local meal providers.
I want to help Feed the Frontline
- Bristol Food Union have set up 6 kitchens to cook for both vulnerable people and Frontline Workers. A £6 donation covers the cost of a meal, ensuring good food for those saving lives.
- Poco have a takeaway menu where you can choose to show NHS solidarity through Buy One to Feed One.