We have been supporting people in need during the COVID-19 crisis by donating more than £1,400 worth of food and drink to local families, vulnerable children and elderly people who’re suffering in these uncertain times.

Though faced with our own challenges, we have been distributing surplus food and drink to four local organisations in need. The supplies, generously donated to Emmaus Dover by hospitality group SSP, have so far been sent to Age UK Dover, Fern Court supported housing, Aycliffe Community Primary School and Dover smART Project.

Dawn Maddison, founder and CEO of Dover smART Project, said: “The Emmaus Dover community has been amazing throughout COVID. The supplies of food we have been able to give to our young carers have been a lifeline for some of the most vulnerable people in our community. We value our working relationships and our friendship with Emmaus Dover and can’t thank the community enough.”

Debra Stevenson, Community Manager at Emmaus Dover, added: “Emmaus is all about helping those less fortunate than yourself. Everyone at Emmaus Dover relates to that and we just want to do all that we can to support others who’re struggling. We’d like to say a very big thank you to SSP for the wonderful donations they’ve given us during lockdown. We couldn’t have done this without them.”

We offer people a route out of homelessness by providing meaningful work, individual support and a home for as long as needed. We have a strong solidarity ethos – working together to help those in greater need – and host annual ‘solidarity sales’ to support other Emmaus groups around the world.

Find out more about Emmaus Dover and discover what you can do to support the community today.