19 December 2019
“Food is the foundation of people’s needs. Once you can nourish yourself on the inside, you feel better as a person and you have the energy to do the other things you need to do,” Simon Aalders, Director at The Recovery Hub, explains.
The Recovery Hub is a residential treatment centre for people experiencing addiction – including substances, gambling, food and gaming. Up to 17 people stay at the centre at any one time, and they also host group sessions three times a week, with up to 40 people attending each one.
The Ipswich organisation has been receiving weekly food deliveries from FareShare East Anglia for two years.
Central to their services is food. Simon says: “Food is one of the key foundation blocks for us. We make sure residents eat dinner together every evening – and it’s over mealtimes that people connect and learn how to eat properly again. People come to us from all walks of life, some are homeless and others are millionaires – but sharing a hot meal together reminds us we’re all human.
“Residents each take their turn on cooking duty, and that process of doing something for others, creating meals, means they start to give back and acknowledge their role within the community.
“We see huge changes in our residents over the time they stay with us. For many, addiction has meant that their diets have been really poor for some time, so one of the significant things we see is good and healthy weight gain.
“Most of the food we receive from FareShare is raw ingredients – meat, fish, dairy and fresh veg – meals are cooked from scratch, which means residents have to get creative when cooking. Over time this gives them confidence; whereas before they’d have just got a pizza from a shop, now they’re not frightened to try new things. That’s really important for their recovery.”
Earlier this year FareShare East Anglia installed a new chiller, thanks to funding from Asda. Fight Hunger Create Change is investing in FareShare’s infrastructure – with new warehouses, vans and chillers across the network – in order to be able to serve thousands more charities like The Recovery Hub.
Michael Barrett, Development Manager at FareShare East Anglia, said: “The Recovery Hub is a brilliant organisation working to support people often at their most vulnerable, and their services are vital for helping people on the road to recovery.
“Asda’s support means we’re able to provide increased volumes and a more diverse range of food to this project, and also recruit an additional 60 new charities in the area.”
“Food is the foundation of people’s needs. Once you can nourish yourself on the inside, you feel better as a person and you have the energy to do the other things you need to do.”