One man’s mission to stop Hastings’ families going hungry has seen his online appeal go from strength to strength, gaining hundreds of supporters since its inception at the beginning of summer.
Hastings’ dad Dominic Warren created Dom’s Food Mission in May, to appeal for food parcels to help local families in poverty who are going without basic weekly groceries. Within six weeks the appeal gained 1,400 followers on Facebook, thanks, Dom says, to extraordinary public support. “There has been enough food passing through our kitchen to help a lot of people. The response from the public has been awesome, they’ve been brilliant,” he said.
Dom, who recently returned from New York having married his lady, Alexandria, said he wanted to do something to help kids like his who are going hungry, right on his doorstep. “I have a two year old son and a five year old daughter which makes me think about people like me who cannot afford to feed their families. It could be anyone that needs our help; from a businessman, who once had everything and slowly loses it all, to a company director or dentist.
“It’s terrible and shouldn’t be happening. I can’t save the world, but I can make a difference.”
Dom advertises weekly collections on his online appeal page and has established ten regular business donors and he says it has turned the Warren household into a hectic warehouse, with food coming and going the whole time. Dom and Alexandria pack the food into crates and deliver it to the Salvation Army and other food banks locally which are part of a national network of over 400 organisations providing emergency food to people in crisis.
Dom added: “We aim to help as many people as possible and help make a difference to our community.”
Food donations are welcome and a list of suitable items can be viewed by searching on Facebook for Dom’s Food Mission.