Collaboration with Deep Poverty Network - Mobile Food Bank Project
In the project carried out in partnership between the Basic Needs Foundation (TİDER) and the Deep Poverty Network, work was conducted directly in the focus areas for one year. The activities progressed with a focus on access to basic rights. In the neighborhoods where we worked, we identified which basic rights and public services adults and children in households could not access due to their specific needs and circumstances.
Within the project, a collaboration was established with Özyegin University’s Faculty of Law. As part of this collaboration, senior law students, along with mentor lawyers, prepared information notes based on the needs arising in the field, conducted workshops, and provided counseling services for individuals’ legal needs.
Through the project, 1360 food parcels from TİDER were delivered to households through regular distribution over a period of 8 months. In addition to the received parcel support, collaboration with various donors and NGOs was carried out to diversify the support content according to the households. This included the distribution of clothing, hygiene products, stationery, hot meals, school meals, general hygiene products, and detergents.
Another aspect of the project involved informing households about the social service mechanisms, directing them, and monitoring the application process by a social worker. Individual interviews were conducted with one adult from a total of 380 households. As part of the social service efforts, efforts were made to ensure individuals’ access to public resources. Referrals were made to the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (İBB), as well as the district Social Service Centers affiliated with the Ministry of Family and Social Services, and the Social Aid Foundations (SYDV) affiliated with the governorships. Information about İBB’s services, such as food cards, newborn kits, employment offices, and support for the disabled department, was provided, and 144 individuals were able to access these services. 53 individuals who were directed to receive disability care, disability allowance, elderly allowance, and social economic support services provided by the Sancaktepe and Çekmeköy Social Service Directorates began receiving support. Information was provided to households about the support that could be obtained from district governorships and SYDV for stoves, coal, electricity bills, and cash assistance, and 54 individuals were directed to receive these supports.