Food For Families Appeal

by Bernadette Abbott

So many people have lost their jobs, or, if self-employed have lost bookings owing to the closure of restaurants, bars, entertainment hubs etc. The numbers out of work are huge and many have been left without food, money and other essentials.
As we reported last month the response to this situation by the Algarve Network for Families in Need was to start a food appeal with the hope that no one would be left hungry.

Since then we have continued to collect donations of food, toiletries cleaning products etc at various collection points between Luz and Quarteira.

In order to cut down on travel, we have established six local hubs from which food is distributed to families in need, the latest being in Lagoa which was set up just this last weekend.

We are now in the process of setting up a non-food hub at Odiaxere Football club so that we can help families in need of clothing, toys household items etc. This is a temporary arrangement which will continue until the club is able to re-open

We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of people across the region and particularly those who have come out week after week to donate.

Easter was amazing, with donations of chocolate eggs, cookies, cakes, cuddly toys etc. It was all we hoped for and so much more. Children really deserve that don’t they?

We would particularly mention the children, three of whom expressed a wish to donate their Easter colouring prizes to Families in need. And another who was making chocolate cakes and when asked who was going to eat them he replied ‘families in need’. What can you say?!!

We must also thank Baia Baia and Antonios supermarket in Luz for agreeing to have a trolley in store for people to leave donations.

We are so grateful to everyone who has responded but we feel we are just reaching the tip of the iceberg. Only today I am receiving reports of families who are living on weak homemade soup, we can’t let this happen.

Please check our Facebook page Algarve Network for Families in Need for more details of collections and any possible changes. And don’t forget if you have an excess of fruit on your trees and vegetables in your garden please bring those along too. If you can’t use them we have many families who will. We just don’t have the words to thank all our donors for what they have done and hope that we can rely on you to continue to support our families. We truly are all in this together.

Collection dates are as follows:

Lagos – every Saturday
Luz – Every SaturdayFerragudo – fortnightly
Lagoa/ Carvoeiro Fortnightly on Wednesday
Silves- every Saturday
Paderne – every Saturday
Messines – every Saturday
Guia – every Saturday
Quarteira – fortnightly on Saturday
Boliqueime – by arrangement

Cash donations can be made using the Alerta paypal:


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