Two local Tulse Hill housing estates helped set up food share projects at the start of the first Coronavirus pandemic lock-down. The St Matthews Estate project is run by the Tenants and Residents Association (TRA) while Tulse Hill Estates food share is run by a Mutual Aid Group with support from the TRA.
St Matthews Estate Food Share
St Matthews Estate TRA Food Share started in April 2020 at to meet the needs of residents on the Estate and the surrounding area. Working with Brixton Community Hub they have been able to share over 1000 bags of food since the Pandemic began. The project hopes to tackle food poverty and the impact of debt. Resident who attend regularly have made friends and developed support networks, whilst some have become active in the St Matthews TRA – helping to deliver newsletters and leaflets on the estate. Fresh fruit and veg are always in much demand and each bag handed out can feed a family of four. Looking to the future, the St Matthews TRA is looking to start a ‘food for thought’ Community Meals Hub and already provides residents with hot food.
Tulse Hill Estate Food Share
The Tulse Hill Estate Mutual Aid Group began during the first Coronavirus lockdown. They are made up of local volunteers who have been helping residents over the last nine months whilst building relationships with the most vulnerable. As well as doing a Food Share every 2 weeks with the Tulse Hill Estate TRA, the Mutual Aid Group also helps to deliver food collected by New Day Christian Church. Tulse Hill Estate Mutual Aid Group also support residents living on the estate by picking up shopping or medication, posting mail, topping up electricity or gas keys, walking a dog, or even just giving residents a friendly call.