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Survey shows 1 in 7 elderly are skipping meals in the UK

One out of every ten older people in the UK is either reducing or stopping their social care, or they anticipate doing so in the near future due to financial challenges, according to Age UK. 

Non-profit organisations such as Pentecostal City Mission and City Harvest work around the clock to support the most vulnerable in our society and provide help with food.

Pentecostal City Mission food bank, London

Willesden foodbank provides free food for 800 meals every week

PCMC food bank came about as a response to the unprecedented challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Two years on and amidst a cost of living crisis, they have become a vital support to the community by feeding hundreds of people a week in London.

Since the onset of the pandemic, PCMC has distributed over 30,000 meals, with a staggering 800 meals provided in a single week. 

These efforts extend beyond mere sustenance; they are a testament to PCMC’s unwavering commitment to care for its community during these trying times.

The food parcels distributed by PCMC contain a minimum of three days’ worth of nutritionally balanced meals, ensuring individuals and families have access to essential sustenance. These parcels encompass a diverse range of food items, including staples like cereals, pasta, and tinned vegetables, alongside crucial non-food items such as toiletries and hygiene products.

Moreover, PCMC serves as a beacon of support for the community, offering vital services beyond food provision. Every Monday, the organisation hosts a Dementia Cafe, providing a nurturing environment for senior citizens afflicted with dementia to socialise and enjoy hot meals prepared by onsite chefs. Similarly, Thursdays are dedicated to the Elders Club, where local seniors engage in camaraderie, games, and exercises, promoting physical and mental well-being.

“It makes my pension go further”

Empowering Communities

PCMC’s initiatives underscore its unwavering dedication to empowering young people, reducing isolation for senior citizens, and providing essential support to individuals and families facing economic hardship. Since 2020, the partnership with non-profit organisation City Harvest has further boosted PCMC’s efforts, ensuring that no one in the community goes hungry.

In times of crisis, PCMC stands as a pillar of strength and compassion, embodying the values of serving, quality, and community. Through collaborative partnerships and tireless dedication, PCMC continues to make a tangible difference in the lives of those it serves, embodying the spirit of resilience and solidarity that defines London’s diverse communities.

Pentecostal City Mission food bank, London
Pentecostal City Mission food bank, London

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