Charity of the Month

Ealing Foodbank

As many of you will know, there has been an increased demand for foodbanks during the pandemic and that has been true in Ealing borough. Our local foodbank is the Ealing Foodbank and we have supported them by collecting items for them to give out for some time now.

For September and October it is our Giving Project of the Month and, as well as making a donation from PCC funds, can I also encourage you to make a donation to them.

Their website is at https://ealing.foodbank.org.uk/

The introduction below is from their website and explains why they started and what they do: The foodbank is a project founded by local churches and community groups, working together towards stopping hunger in the London Borough of Ealing.

“We began in Acton, on 18th October, 2013, and we now have seven foodbank centres, which we call cafés – you will receive a warm welcome and a hot drink!

We work with 200+ referral agencies, and have a team of over 100 volunteers.

We are a registered charity and have three part time paid workers and a Board of Trustees

We are part of the Trussell Trust network of foodbanks.

The public

“In the year April 2020 – March 2021 we saw an increase of 150% in people coming for support with food supplies due to the effect of the pandemic. We are so grateful to the public who donate food and toiletries at several different drop-off points, to schools and churches who give so generously during harvest, and to church and community groups who regularly check the shopping list and give the things we need.

The future

“At the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020, we had to close all our centres, except Hanwell. We are now open in Acton and Southall, and will re-open in Greenford and Northolt as soon as we can. The venues will be new to Ealing foodbank, so look out for the changes in due course.”

 

Ealing Foodbank is a lifeline for many people in our neighbourhood – please support them if you are able to.

 

 


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