Help AFRIL’s Food for Thought project support young minds. Our food bank will combine food vouchers, vegetables and fruit to support healthy eating. Artmaking will inspire young imaginations and give tools of family resilience. Our allotment is a sanctuary for refugee families living in poverty.
The cost-of- living increase, combined with government policy changes is having a disproportionate effect on families who have sought sanctuary in the UK. Destitute refugee, asylum-seeking and vulnerable migrant families are going hungry more often and facing constant choices between eating and heating. More children are living for longer in cramped, colder homes, without space to play. They feel unsafe, hungry and anxious. Parents are increasingly worried about their children’s mental health.
This is an investment in children’s bodies and minds. Our food bank will provide regular food vouchers so families can budget better and shop with dignity. We will add fresh fruit and vegetables and food grown on our allotment to food parcels. Families visiting the allotment will help grow food, take part in events and enjoy nature, friendship and a sanctuary from a hostile world. Families will join regular artmaking activities together to promote and restore calm, resilience and self-esteem.