Sussex Cricket and the Sussex Cricket Foundation hope to continue the ‘In the Bag’ initiative every year after distributing over 1,200 recipe and ingredient bags to local families during the 2020 summer holidays.
Over six weeks of the summer holidays, Sussex Cricket Foundation worked with the Brighton and Hove Food Partnership to address the urgent issue of ‘holiday hunger’, which is experienced by many families who rely on free school meals to feed their children.
In total, 1,247 bags were distributed to at least 305 families as part of the ‘In The Bag’ initiative, with £4,000 in funding raised by Sussex Cricket through the Together Through This Test auction.
The ‘In The Bag’ kits were put together at Hove Park School (the food hub) by a team of 12 Food Partnership volunteers, before being distributed by Chomp, Children’s Centre Food Banks, WASP, The Phoenix Food Hub and Woodingdean Food Bank.
Each kit contained recipes and ready-weighed out ingredients for ease, with the Food Partnership choosing recipes that were simple to make, known to work and provide options for children’s involvement.
Information and activities for the families were also included in every kit, with ‘Eat Them to Defeat Them’ activity packs (veg-themed masks, colouring, word searches etc.), Waste Less Save More information booklets and fridge thermometers, and toothbrushes and toothbrushing advice, provided by the Dental Health Team at the local Council, all well received.
“Working with Sussex Cricket Foundation on this project was a really positive experience for us.” Said Vic Borill, director at Brighton & Hove Food Partnership.
“Their enthusiasm for this project was heartening and we appreciated they trusted us to deliver this project. Over 300 families experiencing food poverty in the city had a nutritious meal a week for six weeks thanks to this project.
Jon Filby, chair of the Sussex Cricket Foundation, added: “We are very grateful to the Brighton & Hove Food Partnership for enabling Sussex Cricket to support our local community through this crucial project.
“Food security is very much in the news at the moment, and Sussex Cricket will continue to work with the great people at the Food Partnership to help to ensure that children don’t go hungry in our city.”
Sussex Cricket and the Sussex Cricket Foundation hopes that ‘In The Bag’ can be an annual initiative, providing support to families local to The 1st Central County Ground in summer 2021 and beyond, and looks forward to working with the Brighton & Hove Food Partnership in the future.
You can donate to the In the Bag initiative by visiting https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/guerilla-cricket-in-the-bag
Following the successful return of recreational cricket, Sussex Cricket and the Sussex Cricket Foundation are delighted to launch the ‘Tea 4 Two’ initiative, which encourages local cricket clubs to use their facilities as a hub for donations of food.
In Sussex alone, the demand on food banks tripled over the past four months, with food poverty increasing significantly during the COVID-19 pandemic. The launch of the ‘Tea 4 Two’ initiative looks to combat this issue across the county of Sussex.
How can your club get involved?
We are looking for clubs across Sussex to act as hubs for donations of food.
Partner with a local foodbank scheme near you (see attached list of foodbanks)
Download, Print and Install your collection point poster at your club (see attached)
Urge your players and members to donate and drop off food (see attached list of suggested items)
Nominate a volunteer to collect donated food and deliver to your chosen foodbank
The initiative is designed to dovetail and amplify the ECB’s national ‘Tea-A-Thon', which will see the cricketing community across England and Wales raise awareness of food poverty in the UK during the second #RaiseTheBat Test between England and West Indies.
For further information on how to get involved please review the letter below from Jon Filby, Chair of the Sussex Cricket Foundation - firstname.lastname@example.org.