Children's Future Food Inquiry (Supplementary) [1]

Session date: 
May 16, 2019
Question By: 
Florence Eshalomi
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Florence Eshalomi AM:  Mr Mayor, just following on from that, you may be aware of the Pecan food bank in Peckham.  On 1 May [2019] the Bishop of Southwark opened the first of its kind, Peckham Pantry, in London.  This is based on a membership scheme where local residents and families can pay £15 and can come to that pantry and buy a lot more than £15 worth of food shopping, going a long way to help address the issues around food poverty and the number of families relying on the food banks.


I very much appreciate that your diary is busy, but can I ask that you look at maybe trying to visit that pantry sometime in the future?


Children's Future Food Inquiry (Supplementary) [1]

Children's Future Food Inquiry (Supplementary) [1]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  Absolutely.  I am one of the Bishop of Southwark’s biggest fans.  I am more than happy to go and visit the pantry.  That is another example, by the way, of the massive contribution made to our city by faith communities, including the churches.  I am more than happy to.


Florence Eshalomi AM:  Great.  Thank you, Mr Mayor.