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Harrow offers family support over food poverty

Council’s relationships with voluntary sector to support families.

With half-term fast approaching and the financial uncertainty faced by families being especially pronounced due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the council recognises that some may need support.

Harrow Council’s extensive relationships with the voluntary and community sector aim to alleviate food poverty and other issues around deprivation.

This broader community support includes maintaining Community Hub throughout the winter and into spring, which can be accessed at helpharrow.org.

Residents can also call the council’s Coronavirus hotline on 020 8901 2698.

People can also be referred to Harrow Foodbank for support by their school, Citizen’s Advice, social worker, many health providers or the council if they are in hardship and in need of support over the period where free school meals are not provided.

The council has also worked with MyYard, in Grange Farm, which reduces food waste by rescuing food from surplus and shares it with those most in need locally via community cafes and surplus food markets on a free or pay as you feel basis.

In addition to this, thousands of meals, food parcels and activity packs were delivered to those in need through the Coronavirus pandemic by local churches, mosques, temples and synagogues – much of the support for the community continues into the winter.

Cllr Christine Robson, Young People & Schools Portfolio Holder, said: “We understand that many families are going through uncertain and difficult times owing to the coronavirus pandemic and these come into sharp focus during half-term.

“The message from the Council is that we are here to support you. We have developed relationships throughout the voluntary and community sector to support people through these uncertain times.

“We have strong working relationships with schools and through our child in need service already support many children and their families. This has never stopped and never shall.

“No child should ever go hungry – which is why in Harrow we’re working to tackle food poverty now and in the future.”

Published: 24th October 2020