Reducing isolation with food

Tackling food poverty and isolation

Reducing Isolation with Food (RIF) is a partnership programme with Abbeycroft and West Suffolk College,  supported by Bury St. Edmunds Rickshaw and Bury St. Edmunds Town Council.

The project aims to reduce isolation and build community around the town.

The project delivers heat-at-home meals every few months throughout the year to individuals who live alone. As well as a delicious meal prepared by students at West Suffolk College we offer phone conversations with our volunteers and doorstep chats, as well as options for other services and support in the town. Recipients must live in Bury St Edmunds (postcodes IP33 and IP32).

At Christmas time we expand the project providing meals and hampers for anyone who will be spending Christmas Day alone or couples who are in financial hardship.

The next delivery will be on Friday 22 December.

How to refer someone

We need your help to make sure we reach the people who really need our support. So if you know someone in your community who would benefit from this initiative – please make a referral via the button link below.

Xmas RIF project - group of people helping
people helping with donations

Christmas Hamper Donations

Alongside the Christmas meals, we also provide a small hamper of gifts donated to the programme. If you know anywhere that would be able to donate anything please get in touch with us via email:

You can also make a donation drop at Bury Leisure Centre reception – please mark any donation ‘RIF donation – FAO Elise’. The best donations are items that can easily be split between multiple hampers such as:

– Chocolates
– Biscuits
– Cakes
– Crisps
– Crackers
– Cheeses
– Fancy drinks (non- alcoholic)
– vouchers

Any questions, please contact us:

Our rif partners

Thank you to our partners, who have helped make this initiative possible.

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