Community Hubs Continue to Make Impact During COVID-19

Community Hubs Continue to Make Impact During COVID-19

Catherine Anthony Boldeau

Another week of lockdown, but one of positive community impact throughout the UK.  Community hubs in Seventh-day Adventist churches in Brixton, Camp Hill (Birmingham), Hanwell, High Wycombe, Holloway, Ipswich, Leicester and Manchester have provided food security to hundreds of people by food distribution to the vulnerable, the elderly and those who are homeless and in temporary accommodation.

Barbara McLaughlin, who leads the community hub in Brixton, has worked tirelessly this week to keep their feeding programme opened during the outbreak of COVID-19.  "While observing the government guidelines, with reduced staff, we have adapted our weekly feeding programme to the vulnerable to ensure that they are provided with nourishment at this challenging time," she said. At their Tuesday Feeding Club, each of the beneficiaries were served a hot takeaway lunch and a food parcel. The ADRA team at Brixton, along with other volunteers have delivered food to individuals in the borough of Lambeth. 

"With supplies in food banks reported to be running low and food insecurity in vulnerable households, it is encouraging that our community hubs are providing food for those people in need," said Bert Smit CEO of ADRA-UK.  He continued, "Through the work of our I AM Urban initiative (in partnership with Adventist Community Services) and working with all of the elected Community Services and Health Ministries Directors in the UK and at the Trans-European Division, we are seeking to support the work of those who are providing food security for those who are most in need."