Mary (30 years) showing the groundnuts she has managed to harvest


Covid-19 is causing severe food shortages for millions of people. You can help families put food on their table today.


By donating £30 to twin your fridge, you help provide emergency food and livelihood support to families across the world who are suffering most from the economic impact of Covid-19.

When you twin, you’ll get a fridge magnet set so you can customise your fridge to show your support for this urgent recovery programme.

Beans and rice on a plate
Beans and rice

Your twinned fridge will provide emergency supplies of beans, rice and other basics. This vital food aid is a lifeline for vulnerable families who need your help now.

Various vegtables
Food vouchers

Your twinned fridge will give families vouchers and cash grants to buy food. This means children won’t go hungry and can concentrate in school.

Two crops growing from the ground
Small business support

Your twinned fridge will enable families to start a small business. This could be growing crops, fishing, rearing animals or another enterprise.


Beat the Covid hunger crisis

Support communities that have been devastated by the economic impact of Covid-19.

Caught in a Covid crisis without a safety net

For people in poorer countries, Covid-19 restrictions have left them with no work and no way of feeding their families. For millions of casual labourers, the work dried up overnight. There are no safety nets, no food banks, no furlough schemes.

To make things worse, lockdowns have sent inflation spiralling, so food prices have soared. Many are surviving on only one meal a day. Desperate families are resorting to desperate measures, even child labour, to feed themselves.

Depiction of a virus
Tip of the iceberg

Covid-19 cases and deaths are being massively under-reported in poorer countries.

Suffering in silence

Many people are too scared to go for testing for fear of getting infected while at the health centre; others fear rejection if they become known as ‘infected’.

Visual represensation of climate with the earth, sun and rain
Precariously vulnerable

In many nations, Covid is an emergency within an emergency, amid conflict, the climate crisis and natural disasters such as drought.

‘I can’t afford to look after my young children’ 

Dalila and her family have been living in Lebanon since they fled Syria in 2013. Her husband has not been able to find work during the pandemic so they have run up debts of over £3,000 paying rent on their one-bedroom flat. Every day, they fear being evicted.

‘Our two youngest children still wear nappies and drink milk. But we can’t afford these things.’

Beat the Covid hunger crisis

Support communities that have been devastated by the economic impact of Covid-19.


In many of the communities where we work, our partners are moved to respond to urgent needs and widen out their water and sanitation programme. To help our partners respond to emergency crises, we have launched a Twinning Appeals website – and our very first appeal is raising urgent funds to provide emergency food packages and create job opportunities for millions of people who are going hungry because of the economic fall-out from Covid-19. More than 40 million people are facing extreme hunger, and South Sudan and Yemen are on the brink of famine.

Covid-19 is creating a hunger crisis. More than 40 million people are facing emergency levels of hunger in countries like South Sudan, Yemen, Afghanistan and DRC. In DRC alone, more than 27 million people are struggling to eat at least one meal a day. In South Sudan, food prices rose 42% in just one month.

Our parent charity, Tearfund, is a member of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC). The DEC warns that many are likely to die of starvation this year.

Covid-19 vaccines are urgently needed, but they will not solve the hunger crisis in the short or medium term. It’s predicted it could be the middle of 2023 before it’s possible to deliver vaccines in some of the world’s most vulnerable and remote places.

Fridge Twinning will help people who were already vulnerable before Covid-19 hit: people who lack access to adequate healthcare, water, food and ways to earn a living.

Those who are most at risk of being destitute are people paid a daily wage, and those who rely on cash from family abroad. These sources of income have dried up due to lockdowns and job losses in the global downturn. Refugees, millions of whom live in overcrowded camps and makeshift shelters, are even more at risk now, without the opportunity to work and access healthcare.

The Covid recovery programme spans more than 20 countries, including:

Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Central African Republic, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, India, Lebanon, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, South Sudan, Tanzania, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

You’ll receive a fridge magnet set made up of individual words and pictures that you can customise on your fridge. All the countries listed above will feature on the magnet.

Where we work, impoverished households don’t have fridges, and families usually go to a local market a few times a week to buy food. In effect, you are twinning the contents of your fridge with food-related projects overseas.

If you put a Fridge Twin in your basket and then click through to the Checkout, you’ll have an opportunity on the final confirmation page to add a £3 donation towards postage & packaging, and an option to add in an extra donation of any amount you choose.

Online: The easiest way to donate is via this site, using a debit or credit card.

Cheque: If you prefer to donate by cheque, please make it payable to Toilet Twinning, and write Fridge Twinning on the back, and send it with your name and address to: Twinning Appeals, 1052-1054 Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH7 6DS

BACS Transfer: A donation can be made directly to the bank account.

Account name: Tearfund t/a Toilet Twinning
Bank: Barclays
Account: 53798860
Sort code: 20-00-00 

Please start the reference field with the initials FT followed by your name (for example, ‘FT-name/organisation’ ) and email us with details of your name, address, amount transferred and date of transfer so we can track your donation. If you would like fridge magnets for every £30 donated, please confirm this in the email.

If you would rather not receive a magnet after placing your donation, please email appeals@toilettwinning.org to let us know your order number, name and that you don’t wish to receive anything in the post. (If you don’t have a magnetic fridge door and would prefer a pdf of the magnet set, you can download it here, print it out and display it on your fridge).

Yes, here is an A4 poster that you can download and print at home. Poster 1.

Yes, here is an alternative A4 poster that you can download and print at home. Poster 2.

Twin your fridge today

x £30

When you twin your fridge, you will receive a fridge magnet set made up of individual words and pictures, including the names of the 21 countries that are part of this urgent appeal.

For every twin, we will send you a fridge magnet set, so for £60, you will receive two magnet sets, for £90, you will receive three sets, and so on.

If you would like to donate more than £30 but only receive one fridge magnet set, you can twin your fridge above x1, and then you will have an opportunity to make an additional donation on the final confirmation page.

If you do not wish to receive any fridge magnets in the post, please email appeals@toilettwinning.org with your order number, name and confirmation that you do not wish to receive anything.

If you would like to donate less than £30, please call the enquiries team on 0300 321 3217.

A fridge showing various magnets from the Fridge appeal from Toilet Twinning
By twinning your fridge, you will help provide emergency food and job opportunities for communities worst hit by the pandemic.