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"I didn’t have cooking oil or sanitizer in my house.  Now I can cook a decent meal and drink my orange juice.  It makes a great difference in my life.  It brings light in my day.  I thank you"

Thanks to the generosity of individuals and businesses, Hackney Giving Coronavirus Response Fund has made its first five grants, all to organisations supporting Hackney residents access the food and supplies they need during the lockdown period.

We can now share stories of how these organisations are making a difference to people’s lives: Cambridge Heath Salvation Army has provided families with food, treats for their children and tailor made craft activities to keep youngsters occupied as well as taking a birthday cake (via a pavement-based visit) to an 85 year old living alone.  Schonfeld Square residents have said “we feel so looked after”.  Community African Network reports that one recipient said, “I didn’t have cooking oil or sanitizer in my house.  No one to tell my story.  Now I can cook a decent meal and drink my orange juice.  It makes a great difference in my life.  It brings light in my day and heat.  I thank you.”

Cambridge Heath Salvation Army also reported an ingenious solution to a tricky problem: volunteers couldn't go in the house to help unpack shopping delivered to blind residents.  So to differentiate tins, they attached foam letters to the cans spelling out the contents.

Tins of food with foam letters describing contents