How Chabad Lubavitch is providing vital support in Ilford

2 September 2021

Chabad Lubavitch of Ilford, headed by Rabbi Aryeh MBE & Mrs Devorah Sufrin, is a Jewish community charity and synagogue that has become one of the largest and most hard-working organisations in the North & East London and Essex region.

Since joining the Fareshare Go scheme in 2016, they have spear-headed the development of their addiction programmes, food parcel services and have provided emotional support for hundreds of vulnerable families of all ages and denominations. Chabad Lubavitch of Ilford witnessed first-hand the rates of homelessness and vulnerability rising and wanted to make a difference, which is what initiated their food services with FareShare.

In 2016, one weekly collection from Tesco contributed to warm soup for homeless people, which came with emotion and social support. Now in 2021, they have largely expanded their service to 23 collections from four different retailers on a weekly basis.

As the pandemic worsened in 2020, more and more individuals and families struggled to put food on the table. This is when the amazing Graham Nygate was taken on as the food co-ordinator to lead the redistribution of food parcels, help prepare freshly cooked meals and deliver these packages to those who have come to rely on their service.

Since joining the scheme, Chabad Lubavitch of Ilford has collected and redistributed nearly 34,500kg of surplus food, which is the equivalent of approximately 82,145 meals, all via the Fareshare Go scheme.

Graham Nygate said: “FareShare has been absolutely pivotal for our food collections and without the help of the FareShare Go scheme there would be many people without nourishing food on their table each week.”

Chabad Lubavitch of Ilford is part of the wider global Chabad organisations/synagogues and continue to grow and enlighten the lives of every person who encounters their dedicated and persevering services. To quote Mrs Sufrin: “Without the support of FareShare, Graham’s endless hours of coordinating food pickups, and our many volunteers, our centre would just not be able to afford what has become a vital service to so many now relying on their weekly drop off. Thank you FareShare.”

To follow this organisation’s every-growing community, you can check out their website at www.chabadilford.co.uk