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Throughout the UK, the most vulnerable in society are struggling to cope with the demands of the pandemic.

Rising numbers at food banks means that it is becoming more important than ever to ensure we limit our waste.

And it’s not only food that’s causing issues. millions of people are struggling with mental health and loneliness – for some this will be the first time.

In Brighton and Hove, however, the collective efforts to combat these issues has not gone unnoticed. The city recently became the first ever recipients of the Gold Sustainable Food Places Award for its work tackling issues such as obesity, food poverty, waste and social isolation.

The Brighton and Hove Food Partnership, who coordinated the bid, wrote that:

“The activities and achievements in it are not ours alone- they belong the whole city and beyond. Food has never been so important. It has the power to bring people together and changes lives.”

One of the many groups that has embraced this culture is the Bevy, who have supplied a vital ‘Meals on Wheels’ service to locals throughout the pandemic.

Despite the hard work from the staff and volunteers, the pub’s Manager Helen insists that “there’s still more need, and plenty more work to be done to reach out to more people.”

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June 2024