GB MET delivers emergency food parcels to the vulnerable
Greater Brighton Metropolitan College (GB MET) is working in partnership with Brighton & Hove City Council and the Food Partnership to provide emergency food parcels to some of the most vulnerable people in the community during the COVID-19 crisis.
The College’s team of 14 delivery drivers, made up of community volunteers and GB MET staff, are coordinating the delivery of food parcels to people in need across Brighton and Hove, and along the coast from Seaford to Southwick.
The local authority, education providers, and the community and voluntary sector are joining forces to provide a strategic and coordinated response to the needs of the local community at this challenging time.
The council takes daily referrals through their website for people in need of emergency food parcels, and the Food Partnership source the food and pack the parcels at Hove Park School, ready for delivery.
Councillor Anne Pissaridou, lead council member for food, said, “The partnership between Greater Brighton Metropolitan College, Brighton & Hove City Council and the Food Partnership, to get daily emergency food to those across our city, has been essential in ensuring all people across the city get the support they need. I would like to personally thank the College for joining us in our efforts - they have shown that they are fully committed to helping meet this need.”
GB MET’s team of drivers deliver an average of 40 parcels of emergency food and personal hygiene items a day, reaching people who are unable to leave their homes or who are not able to buy food at this time due to COVID-19.
Vic Borrill, Director of Brighton & Hove Food Partnership, said, "The volunteer drivers are a crucial part of the citywide team, supporting people with emergency food during the COVID-19 crisis. Monday to Friday, food parcels made by Food Partnership volunteers are delivered to the doors of over 200 people a week by the GB MET team. Thank you to all of the drivers for the care and enthusiasm you bring to this task."