The Cherry Hinton What Will Help Food Hub has welcomed hundreds of visitors since opening in Spring last year and already, between December 2020 and the end of February 2021, has seen 668 visits and distributed over 1000 bags of food and essentials to local residents struggling to make ends meet.
Hub volunteer and local Cherry Hinton resident and activist, Bryony Goodliffe,, explains;
“People here in Cherry Hinton, who make up about 75% of our regular food hub visitors, are really struggling. We know from people we speak to in the queue that this is for a whole range of reasons, but very often it’s because they’ve lost their jobs or had their hours cut.
Over Christmas we ran a special project giving out hampers for local families, packed with essentials but also some festive treats. People were so generous in donating – we had over 90 people sign up to donate hampers – and it made a massive difference to our visitors’ Christmasses. It was great to see the community coming together to support each other,
Thanks to an anonymous donation and also financial support from The Leys School, the food hub was also able to pay for 50 fruit and veg boxes to be delivered to local families, working with Cherry Hinton Primary, Colville School and Bewick Bridge School to identify people who could benefit. It was such a success that they plan to do the same again in the Easter holidays.