One-year Impact Report: Cheers Drive

Looking back on a twelve months of pioneering food aid.

Having grown from an emergency humanitarian response to the pandemic into a fully-fledged citywide food support service powered by an army of volunteers, Cheers Drive reached the milestone of a year in operation in late April.

Today, we are pleased to be able publish the 12-month impact report for the project, which has delivered over 160,000 individual meals to people affected by homelessness across Bristol to date.

We are immensely proud of the amazing achievements of the Cheers Drive team: all of our amazing volunteers, partners, funders, suppliers, and team members, who all clubbed together to create an unprecedented programme of support that was able to flex and adapt to fast-changing circumstances with the wellbeing of those it serves at its heart.

As a result of the pandemic, hundreds of people experiencing homelessness in Bristol have moved into more stable accommodation.

Caring in Bristol is developing services that support people to move towards food independence, have an increased connection with their community, and maintain their accommodation. This work will focus on ensuring people can access healthy, nutritious food where they are and without stigma, and improve their cooking, nutrition and budgeting skills.

Caring in Bristol is working on plans for these services, getting input from our beneficiaries, building local connections and talking to partners. We’ll be working closely with Team Canteen, a CIC created by our partners on Cheers Drive: Josh Eggleton, Shona Graham and Team Love, with a mission to create inclusive food projects and spaces, where people connect and knowledge is exchanged.

You can read the report in full here.

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