July Newsletter

4th July 2019

We are looking for an enthusiastic, motivated and experienced individual who will be able to co-ordinate our exciting new warehouse project. This paid opportunity will include overseeing management and rotation of food stocks as well as coordinating teams of regular and one-off volunteers. Please refer to our Warehouse Manager job advert and download the job description for full details.
We are so grateful for all the financial donations we recieve on a regular basis through our website, we wouldn’t be able to continue without them. Due to the closure of BT MyDonate we will shortly be introducing two new donation platforms. Until then please continue to donate directly using our gift aid form. Thank you.
On Friday, 21st June, over forty boys from Dulwich College descended on Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Asda stores in and around the borough to collect food for Foodbank. Pupils from Years 10 and 12 managed to gather over 1.3 tonnes of food thanks to generous customers. A big thanks to all the participating stores and to all the pupils and staff from Dulwich College for the infectious enthusiasm.
We wanted to thank the Love Streatham group of churches for presenting us with a cheque for £866. They raised this amount as part of our Lent campaign which involved saving 40 pence for 40 days. That’s a lot of coins – thank you!
As part of the ‘Pyjamarama’ campaign by the Book Trust celebrating bedtime stories, we have been fortunate to receive some copies of the book ‘car, car, truck, jeep’. These lovely children’s books will be a perfect gift for families visiting our Foodbank. Thank you Book Trust!
Read the story of Daniel’s first ever visit to our Brixton branch as reported by Anoosh Chakelian from the New Statesman. She also reports on the hardship caused by Univeral Credit that is described by one client as ‘designed to make you fail’. You can join the Trussell Trust’s  #5WeeksTooLong campign here.
We have now fully utilised our £1000 food credit granted by the kind people at Star Bargains. This resource has been invaluable each week, enabling us to top up our food supplies with food from the Star Bargains website. Thank you Karen and the team for this thoughtful initiative.
We are very sad to see Lambeth and Southwark Mencap in West Norwood close due to funding issues. Mencap has been working accross the two boroughs for more than 38 years and employed 75 staff. Thank you for the vital work you have done in our area helping those with learning disabilties in our community.
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 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.
We are looking for a volunteer with good carpentry skills and tools who could help us with a few small tasks. We require approx. 10 hours of support during the end July/August/Sept. Most of the tasks will be at our new warehouse space in Streatham Hill (parking available). We can be flexible around timing and days of the week. Please do apply using the new online application form found on our website.
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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