Food poverty: the facts It is estimated that four million people in the UK cannot afford a healthy diet. With food prices rising, many Brighton and Hove residents are struggling to include fresh food and healthy ingredients in their diet.
Although Brighton and Hove is situated in the South-East, it suffers from pockets of deprivation and has a very high number of rough sleepers and people in insecure housing. According to homelessness charity, Shelter, "a shocking 70% of long-term homeless people show medical symptoms of malnutrition. Three out of five homeless people have no daily intake of fruit or vegetables. The consequences of poor nourishment are both physical and psychological."
There is also much evidence to suggest that poor nutrition is much more likely to affect those who are poor or vulnerable. Often this is due to poor education or a lack of material resources.
Supporting the community to provide access to food We support over 40 organisations in Brighton and Hove by providing them with good quality surplus food. These organisations provide much needed services for thousands of vulnerable people. Many are homeless and others are troubled teenagers, women escaping abuse, children from deprived areas, or adults suffering from of HIV/AIDS or mental health issues.
We deliver hundreds of tonnes of food a year, reaching over 6,000 people every week. Not only does our food reach those most in need, it also helps the projects we deliver to make the most of their scarce budgets.