Summer stock-up Appeal
Azalea's Drop-in as as busy as ever, with many new women accessing Azalea's support. Providing food is a key way that Azalea connects with some of the most hard-to-reach, vulnerable women.
It allows us to build relationships and begin a journey towards improved self-esteem, better access to services, and to recovery. Scroll down for a case study.
But usually during July and August, our food bank runs low, while people are away on summer holidays.
Can you help us to stock up?
"I was hungry and you gave me something to eat" - Matthew 25:35
If you can donate cupboard food to Azalea...
Please drop off any donations at our office at 3A Upper George Street between 9am and 4pm every weekday - do call 01582 733 200 to arrange beforehand.
These are the items that are most in demand (with a long use-by date please):
- Pot noodles and flavoured noodles
- Packets of flavoured pasta
- Microwaveable rice / flavoured cous cous
- Jars of sauce e.g. pasta sauce, curry sauce
- Tins (with ring pulls) of soup, beans and spaghetti
- Tins of cold meat or tuna
- Tins of meatballs, sausages, etc.
- Long-life milk cartons
- Drinking chocolate
- Bottles of squash
- Chocolate covered biscuit bars
- Biscuits (savoury and sweet)
We also have a freezer full of frozen meals, as the women rarely eat home cooked, nutritious food. If you can cook meals on a regular basis, please contact us at email@example.com
Why does Azalea give food?
Because of poverty and the effect of drugs, the women coming to Drop-in do not eat regularly.
For some, Azalea's meals are the only food they eat - our food cupboard has been a lifeline for them. Many of the women are underweight and are only allowed to visit Azalea in order to collect food (by a partner or pimp).
We like to have a cupboard stocked full so that when the women come to the Drop-in they can take the food they need for the next few days.
Why do women struggle to get food elsewhere?
- There are restrictions on accessing foodbanks, and it takes a lot of confidence to access a foodbank that many of the women do not have.
- Many of the organisations that gave the vouchers and enabled women to access the foodbank are now not in existence.
- Many of the items that are given in foodbanks are not suitable for the current circumstances of a lot of the women, especially those who are homeless and do not have access to a kettle let alone a microwave or cooker.
What the women say...
"There's plenty of variety in the food offered at Azalea, and I like that there's no need to ask - you are welcome to take it. At some other food banks, people look at you like you're a beggar."
"Once I took a bag of food from Azalea, then later another woman came along and the cupboard was empty and she couldn't get any food. I felt really bad that there wasn't anything left - even though I was hungry and needed the food too."
Case study: How giving food has helped to build relationships with very isolated and vulnerable women
A woman in her 30s was living in private rented accommodation, engaging with statutory drug services but not accessing any other services. She had serious health issues relating to drug/alcohol use and really struggled to keep up a connection with services. This meant she was unable to maintain benefit claims, to sort out her accommodation, or to keep medical appointments. Her health issues were getting worse and worse and there were problems with the state of her home.
One Wednesday a member of the Drug Service team brought her to Azalea's Drop In - she had a hot meal, and took some groceries home.
She agreed to come back to Drop-in to pick up another food parcel, and at the same time ring the benefits agency to sort out her benefit claim, as she was facing a real risk of homelessness.
She began to regularly attend Drop-in to pick up food parcels, and at each visit was able to take small manageable steps to deal with the practical issues such as making doctor's appointments. Azalea were then able to support her to attend the appointments and deal with her health issues. She built relationships with Volunteers at Azalea which led to her self-worth growing and the long-term result was that she went into Rehab.
The food parcels were a huge tool for engaging this woman, for building her self-esteem and trust in the volunteers.