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By 21st July 2020 No Comments

Help a Cambridge family in need over the summer holidays with a weekly fresh fruit and veg box with added milk and eggs.

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Food insecurity is an issue for many families in Cambridge, which is the most unequal cities in the UK*. Covid-19 has led to households struggling with job losses and the impact of furloughing and homeschooling. Anecdotally, there has been a 300% increase in Universal Credit applications in the city. Families who are worried about not having enough food on their plates.

We were overwhelmed by the support of individuals and companies who chose to donate fruit and veg boxes to us from Cambridge Fruit Company during the lockdown. Now we have worked with Neil from Cambridge Fruit Company to create a special Red Hen Box to help families over the summer holidays. It contains:

  • ⅔ Fruit
  • ⅓ Vegetables
  • Milk
  • 10 Eggs

The fruit and veg will be child-friendly as most of the families we support have primary school-age children.

“Red Hen have been absolutely brilliant providing us with fruit and veg boxes. My kids love fruit and veg but buying that constantly adds up. It really helped. It took a bit of the strain off.”

We will deliver the box to a family in need via a fully checked Red Hen project worker who will also provide any help, advice and encouragement they need.

Each box costs £20. We are looking to support families over the 6-week summer break, delivering a box each week. Donations to this funding campaign will go directly to supplying Red Hen Boxes so struggling families have one less thing to worry about.

 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/jan/12/beyond-cambridge-spires-most-unequal-city-tackles-poverty#:~:text=Cambridge%20is%20officially%20the%20UK’s,the%20inequality%20in%20the%20city.

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