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In March 2020, as the world headed towards prolonged lockdowns and everything felt and was described as ‘unprecedented’, we started collecting stories from friends and strangers about the food they ate and the feelings they felt. We asked people to send us voice notes telling us how food helped them to feel connected to others during Covid times, and made a book with selected stories. You can listen to the voice notes on this page. To download the complete book, please make a donation to the charity Pembroke House below:

Homesickness GazpachoAna & Oscar
00:00 / 01:51
Groundedness SourdoughHannah
00:00 / 04:47
Joy KimchiJo
00:00 / 04:49
Escapism MoleMariana
00:00 / 04:51
Connectedness Key Lime PiePandora
00:00 / 01:33
Grief sconesPeter
00:00 / 02:55
Happiness CurrySan
00:00 / 02:53
Loneliness Kouign-AmanSylvie
00:00 / 01:40
Restlessness SourdoughTeni
00:00 / 03:39
Love Sweet BreadValeria
00:00 / 01:25
Gratitude Meatball SoupZahra
00:00 / 04:58

To download the book, make a donation to the charity Pembroke House; a centre for community and social action based in Walworth, South London. 


When Covid-19 struck back in March, there was a huge increase in the number of people struggling to access food and basic goods. Pembroke House moved fast to respond. Since then, they've brought together over 350 volunteers to deliver over 150 tonnes of food to hundreds of neighbours in need each week; their online activities are keeping people happy and healthy; and their discussion groups have brought the neighbourhood together to talk about how we aim for a better society after COVID-19.

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