BHP to issue food bank referrals
Published by Nadia Khan for Brent Housing Partnership in Housing and also in Communities, Health
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Brent Housing Partnership (BHP) has announced that it will now offer food bank referrals and food vouchers to its residents. These referrals will be made to community food bank and kitchen, Sufra who have been working closely with the Brent based Arms Length Management (ALMO) organisation and have recently relocated their offices to BHP managed St. Raphael’s Estate in Stonebridge, NW10.
Sufra aims to support disadvantaged individuals and families to have access to a healthy and nutritious diet and to enable them to access wider opportunities and play an active role in society.
BHP will operate a policy where referrals to Sufra can be made for any individual or family who do not have sufficient funds to pay for a healthy, nutritious diet after paying for all other essential household expenditure including rent, utilities, basic clothing and travel costs.
Christina Byrne, Community Leadership Manager said: “We are very pleased to have been given this opportunity to assist our residents who are struggling financially and have been through a crisis such as losing their jobs, or receiving an unexpected bill. We are keen to ensure that residents who cannot afford to buy food are provided with a nutritional meal to maintain their health and wellbeing. We hope that residents will seek our assistance by contacting us and remember that we are here to help and not to judge anyone.”
Mohammed Mamdani, Interim Director of Sufra NW London said: “The London Borough of Brent is suffering from some of the highest disparities between levels of income and housing costs, and many local families find themselves struggling to afford basic food supplies. Sufra Food Bank supported 3,483 people last year with emergency food aid and we are pleased that BHP has registered as a referral agency ensuring that the food bank is more accessible to vulnerable families living in food poverty.”
BHP’s Welfare Reform Team are authorised to issue these vouchers on behalf of BHP. Any requests received will be treated in confidence and residents will also be offered the opportunity to receive advice on managing their finances better.