Hammersmith & Fulham Foodbank is working harder than ever after an almost 40 per cent increase in the number of local people in need.
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, which receives funding from H&F Council, 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.
But more support is needed, as these latest figures show.
“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,” said 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.”
How you can help
You can help in a range of ways by:
- Donating food and other essentials such as washing powder, nappies and sanitary towels.
- Donating money to help the charity meet costs such as hiring warehouse space, sorting donations, running a delivery van and paying bills.
- Volunteering for a range of roles such as sorting stock, issuing vouchers, helping out at the foodbank centre and helping run the charity’s website.
- Backing the charity with your business – including sponsoring or donating equipment, helping out as a team building day and sharing your skills.
The rise in the need for foodbanks is a national trend as the latest figures from the Trussell Trust show.
Visit H&F Foodbank’s website to find out more about their work and the food and essentials they are most in need of.
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