NBRN partnership assists school’s food bank

A school in one of the UK’s most deprived areas has thanked the National Business Response Network (NBRN) for supporting its pandemic food distribution programme.

A school in one of the UK’s most deprived areas has hailed the National Business Response Network (NBRN) for securing a large donation for its pandemic food distribution programme.

Manorfield Primary School is based in the London borough of Tower Hamlets, which saw some of the highest infection rates after the first coronavirus lockdown began in March 2020.

Manorfield Headteacher Paul Jackson said: “When COVID-19 struck we hit a huge barrier. Many of our families, particularly those from multi-ethnic backgrounds, live in multi-generational households. Many of those families saw deaths, and unemployment was heightened as work in industries like the restaurant trade, disappeared completely. As a school, we can recognise when people face difficulties and could see there was a need for basic essentials.”

As a school, we can recognise when people face difficulties and could see there was a need for basic essentials

Paul Jackson, Headteacher, Manorfield Primary School.

A community food bank was established within the school and Paul enlisted the help of NBRN, a Business in the Community (BITC) programme created in response to COVID-19 to deliver rapid support for vulnerable communities.

The connection soon paid dividends, as natural soft drinks company Nexba offered several thousand bottles of sugar-free flavoured fizzy water.

Paul said: “Sometimes there is a stigma attached to going to a food bank, but families were much more comfortable coming to us.”

Working with the Tower Hamlets central food hub, other food banks and their charity partners, Manorfield was able to distribute the Nexba drinks to families across the borough.

Paul said: “The donation was invaluable. Not only did it save our families money, it also delivered joy to people who deserve it. To have this support from a business reminds them there are people that care and who want to help.”

The NBRN connects businesses with community organisations across the UK to harness the resources and expertise needed to help them build back. It has already made more than 3,000 connections.

If you are a business, visit the NBRN’s platform to pledge your support.

If you are a community organisation you can request support via the NBRN platform.

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