Emmaus Dover is donating its surplus food to Aycliffe Primary School to distribute to families who are facing financial hardship.

We gratefully receive generous food donations from a number of leading supermarkets across Dover and the East Kent area on an ongoing basis. After providing nutritious meals for the 27 formerly homeless and socially excluded people supported by Emmuas Dover, we are donating the remaining food to the local primary school once a week as an act of solidarity.

Emmaus Dover offers an alternative route out of homelessness within a supportive environment. When someone joins its community, they are offered a home for as long as needed, ongoing personal support and the opportunity to gain work experience in our three charity shops in Ashford, Canterbury and Dover.

Debbie Stevenson, Community Manager at Emmaus Dover, said: “We are proud to be helping our local school by providing food for families who are struggling financially. We try to support others as much as we can. Solidarity, meaning to help someone less fortunate than yourself, is central to the Emmaus ethos. Not only are we proud to be supporting our local community, but as a result we are reducing our carbon footprint by minimising our food waste.”

Statistics from the Dover foodbank show that there were 3083 three-day emergency food supplies given to local people in crisis between August 2017 and July 2018, 38% of which were children.

To find out more about how you can support Emmaus Dover and the local community please visit https://emmaus.org.uk/dover/support-us