Young filmmakers chronicle urgent need for H&F Foodbank’s work

Thirteen local teenagers have made a ground-breaking new film about the pioneering H&F Foodbank.

The project, led by the Sulgrave Club, in Goldhawk Road, Shepherds Bush, saw the Hammersmith Academy pupils document the struggle of local residents in balancing income and outgoings, and tell the story of why many local people need the Foodbank’s help.

“It opened the 13 participants’ eyes to the problems many people face,” said the club’s senior youth worker Poonum Chamdal.

On location at the local H&F Foodbank, the teenagers learned from manager and founder Daphine Aikens how the charity – supported by Hammersmith & Fulham Council – provided enough food for 36,000 meals for those in need.

“The project really opened my eyes to the massive issue that is happening on my doorstep,” said Santiago Cerro, 17.

Santiago and the team filmed their experiences along the way and are now editing the work which will be premiered at an event on 23 February.

“We've all become really passionate about the cause, and we've proven that if we are given the right skills, resources and time, young people truly can make a difference within our community,” Santiago added.

While filming, the 15 to 17-year-olds also appealed for donations – and attracted more than 430kg of food for the Foodbank.

“The group was amazing. I didn’t expect them to be as engaged and dedicated as they were. They were fantastic,” Poonum said.

Meanwhile, the project was praised by Cllr Sue Fennimore, H&F Cabinet Member for Social Inclusion, who said: “I have nothing but admiration for the hard work of Daphine and her H&F Foodbank team, as well as these dedicated pupils. They all deserve huge amounts of praise.”

The students’ project was also supported by the Jack Petchey Foundation, the Eggless Cake Company and Magnets for You.

More foodbanks coming

Meanwhile, H&F Foodbank is looking forward to opening its third centre in the borough – enabling them to help many more residents in need.

Founded in 2010, the charity currently runs from its main base in Fulham twice a week and provides an outreach service in Shepherds Bush once a week, relying on the kindness of others to provide the space.

From February they will open their third centre, largely funded by H&F Council, enabling them to offer a full time service throughout the borough. They now need more residents to volunteer and help them make the most of the extra space.

Visit the H&F Foodbank website for more details including a list of items the charity is currently most in need of.