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Help struggling H&F families by adding a few items to your shopping list

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Image captionSorting food at the H&F Foodbank

Hammersmith & Fulham Foodbank needs your support to help people struggling to keep fed and warm this winter.

The need is growing in H&F with nearly 700 more people seeking help compared to the last financial year. The rise has been sparked by government changes to benefits, among other pressures.

With Christmas approaching, Cllr Sue Fennimore, H&F Cabinet member for Social Inclusion, is urging residents to get into the festive spirit and add a few extra essentials to their shopping lists.

“We’re working with H&F Foodbank and other charities towards a day when residents no longer need foodbanks,” she said.

“Until then, it’s vital that we support H&F Foodbank. Just small donations can make all the difference for families struggling this winter.”

Winter can be a stressful time for families, especially during the Christmas holidays, when children are unable to get free school meals and are no longer in their warm classrooms during the day.

Image caption: CEO of H&F Foodbank Daphine Aikens

H&F Foodbank, which is part-funded by Hammersmith & Fulham Council, is most in need of:

  • Tinned fruit and vegetables
  • Long life juice
  • UHT and powdered milk
  • Tinned rice pudding and other desserts
  • Tinned meat
  • Sugar
  • Pasta sauce in jars
  • Toiletries

You can find your closest donation point at H&F Foodbank’s website. The Foodbank cannot accept any fresh produce.

“With the final roll-out of Universal Credit, new benefits caps, and the cold weather setting in, more people are being faced with stark choices between heating or eating,” said Daphine Aikens, CEO of H&F Foodbank.

“In recent months we have seen a dramatic increase in numbers of people benefiting from our food parcels – with almost 700 more men, woman and children benefiting during this financial year than during the same period last year.”

H&F Foodbank has three sites across the borough and provides other vital services, including a Citizen Advice Bureau adviser who is funded by H&F Council.

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.

Image caption: Hammersmith & Fulham Foodbank