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Breaking the stigma of hygiene poverty and supplying basics to those who are most vulnerable and disadvantaged

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KCF has been supporting The Hygiene Bank
Since 2020
Total Amount Awarded by KCF
The Hygiene Bank
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The Hygiene Bank is a grassroots charity aiming to ensure that nobody is left feeling that being clean is luxury or privilege. They supply basics to those who are most vulnerable and disadvantaged.

Many people living in poverty or those who find themselves in times of a major life crisis often have to make the distressing decision to eat or stay clean because they can't afford to do both. This is about dignity. The Hygiene Bank wants to break the stigma of hygiene poverty and ensure it doesn’t result in social isolation: hygiene poverty leads to a crippling lack of confidence and negatively affects good health and mental well-being.

The Hygiene Bank relies on people within the community for donations, via local drop off points and project co-ordinators distribute the donations free of charge to those locked in poverty.

In 2020, during the worst of the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic and at a time when demand was soaring, KCF awarded The Hygiene Bank in Hoo – a new division of the organisation - £1,000 to help cover costs and ensure they could continue to reach those in hygiene poverty. 

MASSIVE 'thank you ' to everyone at Kent Community Foundation. Your funding support is HUGELY appreciated and has enabled us to get into the heart of local communities with REAL, affordable, healthy and tasty food that does so much more than feed people.

Community chef Mike Spackman, Sheppey Matters

KCF's enthusiasm for what we are doing and hoping to do, coupled with helpful advice, gave us the confidence to take this daunting step which has paid off.

Liz Turner, Octopus Foundation

It's great having a foundation that empowers organisations and charities in our community to make real positive differences and changes!

Tom, MMK Mind