Hammersmith & Fulham Foodbank need your donations after one of their busiest ever Christmases.
More than 160 people used the vital service on the 22, 23 and 24 December alone and more than 1,200 have benefitted in the past nine weeks.
The charity does not think the need will taper off after the festive season, in fact they expect demand to grow.
“Too many people are still struggling today to put a meal on their tables,” said Daphine Aikens, CEO of H&F Foodbank.
“A large proportion of our clients have been adversely affected by benefit changes and delays leading to debt and even the inability to keep the electricity and gas going.
“We must continue doing all we can to ensure no one goes without.”
Last year saw 1,000 more people using the service than the previous 12 months, a figure that Daphine and her team believe will only increase.
How you can help
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 long-life desserts
- Tinned meat
You can find your closest donation point at H&F Foodbank’s website. The Foodbank cannot accept any fresh produce.
“H&F Foodbank are an enormous credit to the volunteers and donors in the borough, and we are very proud of the amazing work they do every day,” said Cllr Sue Fennimore, H&F Cabinet Member for Social Inclusion.
“We’re working towards a day when foodbanks do not need to exist, but for now they are a vital service which, sadly, has never been needed more – largely because of changes in government support for the unemployed and people on low incomes.
“Just a small donation can make all the difference for the foodbank and the residents they support.”
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.