20 May 2020: Edited to say thanks to your overwhelming support, we have reached capacity for the amount of flour our volunteer millers can make. We now have enough donations to provide flour to foodbanks for at least the next year. Thank you for all your generosity!
Brixton Windmill’s volunteer millers are continuing to produce flour during the coronavirus lockdown while observing the strict UK government guidance on social distancing for everyone.
Our priority is to protect the health of older and vulnerable people, and to help those facing food poverty in these difficult times. We want local residents who visit Windmill Gardens park for their one hour of exercise, and our own volunteers, particularly those helping with milling and delivering Brixton Flour, to stay safe and well.
We cannot open the windmill to sell flour to individuals because of the Covid-19 social distancing regulations. All flour we produce is delivered safely by our volunteers to our established retail outlets, including local shops that remain open to customers and those that are closed to the public but provide home deliveries of groceries.
We are donating Brixton Flour to two local food banks.
- The Floating Food Bank operates from the community hub on the local Blenheim Gardens estate. FoWG has collaborated with BGRMO (Blenheim Garden Resident Management Organisation) for many years. They are our closest neighbours and great supporters of the windmill and Windmill Gardens.
- The Norwood & Brixton Food Bank is part of the Trussell Trust. They work with referral agencies to issue food vouchers to those in need of emergency food at times of crisis. Currently their distribution centres are closed, but their volunteers deliver food parcels containing a minimum of three days’ nutritionally balanced, tinned and dried food donated by the local community.
FoWG is a charity and we face our own financial difficulties during the pandemic lockdown. Our own income has dropped dramatically because we are unable to run our regular programme of community events and school workshops or sell merchandise at the windmill.
To continue to donate Windmill Flour to our local foodbanks we are asking for a donation from our supporters. £20 will cover the cost of delivering 40 bags of flour to a food bank.