H&F Foodbank Makes Urgent Appeal for Donations

Says it is running short of tinned veg, fruit, meat and powdered milk

 

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Hammersmith & Fulham Foodbank is asking local residents to help restock its shelves.

On its Twitter account, the Foodbank, which has three centres in the borough says it is currently most in need of:

  • Tinned fruit and vegetables
  • UHT and powdered milk
  • Tinned meat

You can see a full list of requirements on the Foodbank website.

There are collection points across the borough, including Hammersmith Town Hall, libraries and supermarkets.

The newest collection point in within estate agent Willmotts, at 12 Blacks Road, next to the King Street branch of M&S.

For more details, or if you would prefer to make a cash donation to the Foodbank, click here or call 020 7731 3693 or email: info@hammersmithfulham.foodbank.org.uk.

The foodbank says more than 6,040 packages containing food and other essentials were handed out between March last year and this April – up on 4,400 the previous year.

The charity provides packages which last for three days at a time. Among those in need, 1,750 children relied on the packages, not included those fed during the charity’s school holiday clubs.

H&F residents have risen to the challenge - 46 tonnes of food were donated and more than 100 people volunteered during the last financial year. Local schools, businesses, and faith groups have also provided vital support.

"It is deeply concerning that we are still seeing an increase in the number of three-day emergency food supplies provided to local people in crisis," says Daphine Aikens, Chief Executive of H&F Foodbank.

"Anybody could find themselves in need of a foodbank. Every week people are referred to us after being hit by something unavoidable - such as illness, a delay in benefit payment or an unexpected bill – which means food is simply unaffordable.

"It really is only with the community’s support that we’re able to provide vital emergency help. Thank you so much to everyone who already donates time, food and money to help local people.

"If you’re not already involved, we’d love to hear from you."

To receive a food package from H&F Foodbank people need a voucher which can picked up from a range of different organisations, including social workers, GPs, the Citizens Advice Bureau and Children’s centres.

The charity has three centres, each in a different part of our borough.

White City Distribution Centre, The Hub @ 75 is at 75 Bloemfontein Road, White City W12 7DA. It is open every week on Mondays, 12.30pm - 3pm; Wednesdays, 10am - 12pm and Saturdays, 10am - 12.pm.

Fulham Distribution Centre, Christ Church Fulham, 67 Studdridge Street, Fulham, SW6 3TD. It is open every week on Tuesday from 10.30am to 1pm and Friday from 2pm to 4.30pm.

Shepherd's Bush Distribution Centre, St Simons, Rockley Road, Shepherds Bush, W14 0DA. It is open every week on Thursday from 1pm to 3pm.

For general enquiries about Hammersmith & Fulham Foodbank, email info@hffb.org, or visit the website. Alternatively you can follow it on Twitter and keep up-to-date via Facebook .

 

August 18, 2019