Baby Food Redistribution Project

Baby Food Redistribution Project

Redistribution of baby food supplies which otherwise would have gone to waste.

Benefit of Food Provision

Food insecurity has been shown to have a negative impact on mental and physical health across a lifespan. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Food Foundation estimates that the number of adults facing food poverty has quadrupled. Providing food parcels has been a popular and effective community response to the increased demand for and pressure on community food support, particularly food banks. Community groups are well-placed to provide support to hard-to-reach groups and the clinically extremely vulnerable who are required to self-isolate. Their cultural understanding and local knowledge helps ensure provisions meet the needs of local residents.

Location

Citywide

Project Team

Dina Pieri - buzz Neighbourhood Health Worker, Start Well Develop Well Team

Noah Mellor – buzz Neighbourhood Health Worker

Focussed Care Team

Longsight Sure Start Children’s Centre

Barnado’s Wythenshawe Children’s Centres

Manchester City Council Food Response Hub

Aim

Redistribution of baby food supplies which otherwise would have gone to waste.

Testimonials

Feedback from Iqra;

“I greatly appreciate the help your service has provided, with learning resources, as well as with food items.

The families that we work with have been hugely affected by the lockdown, in terms of loss/reduction in earning, isolation and health issues. The food parcel that families receive through food bank usually do not have baby food items. With your help we could fill that gap temporarily.

One family particularly, with four children including a baby, have been shielding due to health issues and were struggling to keep up with the grocery needs. I offered a major portion of baby puree food to them. They were very grateful for this interim support.”

Feedback from Jenny Cummings, Outreach Worker at Barnardo’s Wythenshawe Children’s Centre;

“Mum told me the foods went down well, also the products were not items she would buy due to her budget. If these food were to be distributed again she will be willing to have some. Mum is on benefits and sometimes struggles to make ends meet with five children. She’s a single mother and lives in a social housing in a deprived area of Manchester”

Evaluation

Families that were in need received food for their babies. Approximately 90 sachets of baby food were redistributed.

Iqra distributed to 4 families.

Ragen distributed to 4 families.

The baby food was delivered to the Food Response Hub and it was then distributed in food parcels.

Strategic Links

Benefit

Policy

Helping people live healthier lives

Healthy Lives, Healthy People (MH Government, 2010)

Fair Society, Healthy Lives (Institute of Health Equity, 2010)

The Manchester Locality Plan – A Healthier Manchester

Manchester Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Manchester Prevention Programme

Increased mental wellbeing

Manchester Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Greater Manchester Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Addressing health inequalities

Fair Society, Healthy Lives (Institute of Health Equity, 2010)

Community ownership and long-term sustainability

Healthy Lives, Healthy People (HM Government, 2010)

Contact

Dina Pieri

Neighbourhood Health Worker, Start Well Develop Well Team South Locality

dina.pieri@gmmh.nhs.uk

T. 07585648713

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