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5th June 2019

 

As the football season drew to a close, some Crystal Palace F.C. players had other things on their mind besides their up-coming holiday destinations. First team players Connor Wickham and Joel Ward as well members of the U18 and U23 teams lent some much-needed manpower to help us with the renovation of our warehouse. The players spent time organising food donations before moving supplies into the main body of the church. A massive thank you to Crystal Palace F.C. and all the players who came to help. You can read the full story on the Crystal Palace website or watch the inspiring video here!

 

We are delighted to say that Jack Monroe, author of ‘Cooking on a Bootstrap’, has just realeased her latest book ‘Tin Can Cook‘ and we have received some free copies to give away to our guests. Jack Monroe’s cook books focus on producing affordable, authentic and creative recipes without the need for expensive ingredients. A crowd funding campaign raised £30,000 to be able to send copies to Foodbanks and 6,500 have already been distributed accross the Foodbank network.

 

More and more people are moving onto Universal Credit. None of them should need a foodbank. But from the very start, everyone who applies has to wait at least five weeks for a first payment – some people are left waiting longer. This is leaving many without enough money to cover the basics. The Trussell Trust has been campaigning on this issue for some time. Click here for the most up to date information as the #5weekstoolong campaign unfolds, or to sign up click here.

 

During national volunteers week, we want to say a heartfelt thank you to all our wonderful volunteers and also on behalf of all the people you have helped in the last year. Thank you for your tireless commitment to helping end hunger and poverty in the UK. Last year our 200 plus volunteers fed 10,000 people across all three of our distribution points. We also want to acknowledge all our supporters and those who have donated food – we couldn’t do it without you!

 

We have now added a form filling service for guests attending our West Norwood branch with an emphasis on helping to complete long, complex PIP applications. Through our network of partners we are also able to run job clubs, offer budgeting help, energy advice (thanks to Repowering London), and also have a book bank and clothes bank for guests to access. All this is in addition to the expert advice given during each Foodbank session by the Brixton Advice Centre and Centre 70.

 

Our tinned tomatoes stocks are running low and we could really use a top-up. Other items that are in short supply include UHT fruit juice, tinned meat (corned beef/pies/curry), cooking sauces, small bags of rice (500g/1kg), tinned pulses, shower gel, toothpaste, soap and washing powder. If you think you can help, please donate to one of our drop-off points.

 

Our amazing team of bakers have done it again! Thanks to the generous support of those attending, the Foodbank stall at the ‘Love West Dulwich’ spring fair managed to raise £426 through sales of delicious cakes. A big thanks to everyone who participated.

 

We know summer isn’t even quite upon us, but we wanted to give you some early encouragement to start planning your harvest donations. To help us coordinate as efficiently as possible we would appreciate it if you could contact us to register your interest so we so we can support you in the planning process.
We have three distribution points across the Borough of Lambeth with different opening times for each. Click on the above image for more information regarding our food distribution points.
Our shelves don’t always look as full as this; in fact, there are always a few items that we are especially low on. Click on the above image to view the products which are in short supply.

 

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