Newington Green Action Group

Dear Neighbours, Thank you for another week of looking out for each other! Please find an exciting update on past and upcoming activities below. 
 Dusty KnuckleMany of you will be familiar with The Dusty Knuckle Bakery in Dalston. We’re super excited that they are not only donating their delicious loaves to the Food Hub but have chosen us as a charity partner. Have a look here, order from them if you are able to and share this as widely as you can.
 And please remember that you can donate to us directly through GoFundMe.
 Newington Green Food HubNewington Green Food Hub is NGAG’s initiative coordinating food donations during the coronavirus outbreak. The number of people needing the Food Hub is increasing on a daily basis, and we currently deliver to 75 households. We expect this to increase next week because Newington Green Primary are having to cease their food hamper programme. As one volunteer pointed out, ‘one day you may be helping but the next you may need this service’. 
 Thank you to everyone who has been involved: the Mildmay Club have been incredibly kind in letting us use their building, and we wouldn’t be able to operate without the time that so many volunteers spend answering phones, packing bags and delivering the food: Thank you!! If you’d like to be more involved with the Food Hub please reply to this email “Hub volunteer” in the subject line. Two of our core volunteers are going back to work full-time, could you fill their very big shoes?
 We continue to be overwhelmed by the generosity of the residents and local businesses who are providing the Food Hub with supplies!
 In the past week supporting businesses included:Albion Food and WineBelle EpoqueBodega 50Castle Food ServiceCostcutterEge SupermarketGallo NeroMorrisons Stamford HillNewington Green Fruit & VegPolka Deli And a special shout out to Guru Maneyo Granth Gurdwara, an incredible initiative from the largest Gurdwara in the UK. They donated so much fruit and veg earlier this week that our food parcels doubled in size! 
Eid al-FitrWe know that Ramadan this year has been very difficult for many. Even for those who have stayed healthy, not being able to be around the people you love or feel the usual community spirit has been very hard. So today, as Ramadan nears its end, we’re particularly looking for donations of the following to brighten up the day for children in our community celebrating Eid al-Fitr: Colouring booksUnused toysSchool supplies  Laptops or tabletsKids bikes If you can donate any of the above, please drop them off at the Food Hub at the Mildmay Club between 12pm-7pm today, or email food@newingtongreen.org with “Gifts for kids” in the subject line. Supporting local businessesTwo more amazing local businesses are reopening – Jolene and Clissold Park Tavern are now open for takeaway and collection. Please keep checking our supporting businesses page and do send us your tips.  Anna BerentA few weeks ago, Anna Berent, one of the founding members of the Newington Green Action Group, an ex-Mildmay Councillor and a former Mayor of Islington passed away. Those of you who knew her, know the pivotal role she played in transforming the area. She was a committed local activist and great fun to be around. The campaign that Anna, our current Chair Susie Burrows and Jeremy Corbyn led back in the early 90s to stop the Channel Tunnel High Speed Rail Link following the North London Rail line resulted in a rare change in government policy. Her obituary includes some great photos and is well worth a read. Rest in power, Anna. 
 Social mediaPlease give us a follow on Facebook and Instagram to stay up-to-date and spread the word. 
 Hoping you all get a chance to enjoy the bank holiday weekend!Team NGAG 

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