Supplying food to Malta’s most vulnerable families
Foodbank Lifeline Foundation supplies a variety of food packs to the most vulnerable families in Malta, which are all referred to them by various entities, such as Apogg, Leap, Caritas, St Jean Antide, Oncology department, etc. If you are in need of food or know someone who is, contact the Foodbank Lifeline Foundation or go to their help page to see how they can help you.
A group of residents got together to fulfil a huge need in Gozo. There was no food bank in Gozo and with Covid19, we foresaw that people were going to need assistance with getting fed. With assistance from our local council, we received permission to go ahead - and Gozo Food Bank was formed. Free food packages are given to those most affected by the Covid-19 outbreak.
Connecting peoples’ needs to those offering to help
Malta Charity Central is a Facebook Group that aims to connect charities with the many generous individuals or companies in Malta. This group is intended for use as a notice board for charities or individuals involved in any kind of voluntary work to advise of any particular requirements/needs they may have. It can also be used to announce and promote fund-raising events organised by charities. In a small community like ours, we believe that Facebook, together with our input, can make a big difference to make this existing gap very small in making us all aware of what is happening and what is needed locally.
Bringing the community together to help those in need
Free Food Malta is a group on Facebook who is ready to help people who are in need of food. People who are in need can either write a post or contact the administrator describing their needs (food only). A post will be shared and someone from the group will offer food to the person in need.
JRS Malta supports vulnerable individuals and families in the community who are unable to access financial support from the state, by facilitating access to medications, basic accommodation, necessities for babies and children, and emergency living expenses. JRS Malta have set up a COVID-19 Emergency Appeal to support forced migrants affected by the pandemic.
The Malta Trust Foundation has set up a Food Aid Project with the support of the business community after it received an overwhelming number of requests from disadvantaged families who are among the worst hit by the coronavirus economic crisis.
Unexpected changes in the life circumstances of many families we support are resulting in financial hardship, insecurity, instability, emotional distress and having to face the fact that accepting support on many levels is not shameful. We have, over the years, supplemented the insufficient incomes of families through the supply of personal and home hygiene products. For many families, food, toiletries and home hygiene items supplied by us have meant fending off eviction. At this time of crisis, many vulnerable families are facing difficulties in keeping up with daily necessities. This campaign is held to make sure no one suffers and is given help with their basic needs.
From the very beginning, Soup Kitchen OFM Valletta recognizes a greater hunger beyond the hunger for food and their goal has always been to provide our guests with more than a hot meal. They are going to serve up a range of programs to nourish the soul as well as the body, including providing hot, nutritious, well-balanced meals 3 times a week, which will later be increased to 5 meals a week.
Ask for Help through YouSafe’s Community Support Platform
YouSafe Page is linked to 68 Facebook Groups, one for each Local Council, managed and moderated independently by the respective Local Council team. The Platform will enable the strong Local Councils’ team of over 500 people, to keep in contact with their community at all times during the crisis. It will ensure that our elderly are not forgotten, our neighbours are safe, and that our communities stay in good health. YouSafe will create a dialogue between the Council and its residents, will energise the business community, NGOs, civil society networks and individuals around particular ideas, initiatives and solution, to support communities to help each other.