Coronavirus (COVID-19): Supporting foodbanks

Foodbanks in London are struggling to provide enough food to Londoners during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Can you donate to support London’s foodbanks?

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has made it much more difficult for many Londoners to financially or physically access food. This includes thousands of Londoners on no or low incomes, including many older people, those with disabilities, rough sleepers and asylum seekers and migrants with No Recourse to Public Funds.

The emergency food aid sector, including food banks, are struggling to cope amidst a fall in donations, insufficient supplies from supermarkets and a lack of volunteers. The Trussell Trust and Independent Food Aid Network – charities which represent food banks across London and the UK – have recently reported some food banks have been forced to close or are considering closing due to a shortage of food and people to run them.

It is important to note that whilst vital during the coronavirus crisis, foodbanks are not a sustainable solution to food insecurity. The Mayor continues to work with the London Food Board and other partners to ensure every Londoner has access to healthy, affordable and sustainable food regardless of where they live, their personal circumstances or income. You can find out more and read the Mayor’s London Food Strategy.

Support foodbanks

Making an online donation to a food bank is a great way to support Londoners while staying safe during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. 

City Harvest van out for deliveries
City Harvest

City Harvest are on the frontline, in ordinary times of need as well as the current state of emergency.

City Harvest puts surplus food to good use in a sustainable way by collecting this food from restaurants and other food establishments in London.                                    

City Harvest then redistribute and deliver high quality, nourishing food to help organisations provide meals to vulnerable people including homeless shelters, soup kitchens, children's programmes, centres for the elderly, and refuges for women experiencing domestic violence.

Every £50 donated will help feed 200 Londoners.

Independent Food Aid Network - photo from Camden Mobile Food Bank
Independent Food Aid Network

Independent Food Aid Network (IFAN) seeks to connect and support grassroots independent food aid providers, to provide a voice for these groups by advocating on their behalf at a national level, and to campaign for food security for all and the end for the need of emergency food aid in the UK.

IFAN London food banks saw an average increase in need from February to March 2020 of 68%. People are needing to access emergency supplies across the capital because they cannot afford to buy food. Your donations will mean food banks can fill the gap until poverty levels are reduced.

IFAN's vision is of a nation that does not need emergency food aid, and in which good food is accessible to all.

The Felix project load food into one of their vans
The Felix Project

The Felix Project is a charity that rescues safe and nutritious surplus food from the food industry to reduce food waste and food poverty.

This is done by collecting food from supermarkets, wholesalers and other food suppliers – food that is fresh and nutritious, but cannot be sold for various reasons. It is then redistributed and delivered  to a range of charities across London who provide meals, snacks or food parcels ensuring food that would have gone to waste is for reaching vulnerable people in London. 

For every £30 165 meals can be delivered.
For every £65 355 meals can be delivered.
For every £180 1000 meals can be delivered.

the Trussell Trust - Stop UK Hunger
Trussell Trust

Trussell Trust support a network of food banks to provide emergency food and support to people locked in poverty, and campaign for change to end the need for food banks in the UK.

Trusell Trust mission brings communities together to end hunger and poverty in the UK by providing compassionate, practical help with dignity whilst challenging injustice.

£10 could help give a parent peace of mind that their family will not go hungry tonight.
£20 could help support someone take their first steps out of poverty.
£50 could help us give more people a place to turn to in times of crisis.

FareShare Foodbank
FareShare

FareShare is the UK’s national network of charitable food redistributors, made up of 17 independent organisations with the mission of taking good quality surplus food from across the food industry.

FareShare works with food businesses to redistribute food that cannot be sold in shops, either because of packaging errors, cancelled orders, seasonal gluts or a short shelf life. That food, which is perfectly good to eat is then redistributed to help charities and community groups create millions of meals for the most vulnerable people.

Mayor's Fund for London
The Mayor’s fund for London

The Mayor's Fund for London is an independent charity, championing social mobility for young Londoners from low-income backgrounds.    

They are raising vital funds for the Kitchen Social programme, which is currently supporting local community organisations all over London to provide packed lunches, hot food for collection and food hampers for vulnerable families. 

The Mayors Fund for London are working closely with other charities working in this area to coordinate their efforts and make sure that no child goes hungry during this period.

Every £33 raised can feed 10 children for one day.  
Every £100 donated can feed 30 children for one day.

Information on London Boroughs

London’s three largest food redistribution charities (FareShare, City Harvest and the Felix Project) have partnered to form the London Food Alliance to provide a coordinated response to emergency food distribution to vulnerable groups across London during the coronavirus crisis.

Borough hubs have been established to distribute food to people in local communities across London so that no Londoner is left behind during the outbreak.

The list of borough hubs has been created to identity a single point of contact in each borough for response to emergency food distribution during the coronavirus crisis. The list is as follows:

Borough Hubs Primary Contacts

Borough

Name of Borough Lead

Email

Barking & Dagenham

Latifah Miah

[email protected]

Barnet

Chris Smith

[email protected]

Bexley

Joseph Burbridge

[email protected]

Brent

Richard Rope

[email protected]

Bromley

Christopher Evans

[email protected]

Camden

Samantha Whiteside

[email protected]

City of London

Jason Pritchard

[email protected] 

Croydon

Anita Konczak

[email protected]

Ealing

Adam Whalley

[email protected]

Enfield

Simon Gardener

[email protected]

Greenwich

Claire Pritchard

[email protected]

Hackney

Sonia Khan

[email protected]

Hammersmith & Fulham

Claire O'Shea

Claire.O'[email protected]

Haringey

Jean Taylor

[email protected]

Harrow

Glen Hearnden

[email protected]

Havering

Susie Faulkner

[email protected]

Hillingdon

Kevin Byrne

[email protected]   

Hounslow

Melanie Fontinello

[email protected]

Islington

Michelle Webb

[email protected]

Kensington & Chelsea

Lorna Hughes

[email protected]

Kingston

Louise Gallagher

[email protected]

Lambeth

Mala Naicker

[email protected]

Lewisham

Livia La Camera 

[email protected]

Merton

Helen Castledine

Daniel Butler

[email protected]
[email protected]

Newham

Andy Gold

[email protected]

Redbridge

Dawn Smith

[email protected]

Richmond

Elizabeth King

Carol Clapperton

[email protected]
[email protected]

Southwark

Rebecca Steele

[email protected]

Sutton

Simon Breeze

[email protected]

Tower Hamlets

Dominic Hinde

[email protected]

Waltham Forest

Daniel Reynolds

[email protected]

Wandsworth

Carol Clapperton

[email protected]

Westminster

Christine Mead

[email protected]

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