October 2020 Newsletter

8th October 2020

Hot on the heels of our September issue, here’s October’s! Our Meet The Team item this month features Elaine who talks about why volunteering for foodbank is the highlight of her week, what brought her here and how she is also helping us to improve our social media skills! There are some staggering statistics on how many people we have fed since April, information on ways to donate and the links to book our two virtual fundraisers via the Streatham Festival this week. The first is on Friday the 9th October at 9pm, by Collywobblers Comedy and the second is on Sunday 11th October at 4pm, Intro to Indoor Flash Photography. Click for our October Newsletter or read below:


Since April we have fed 16,000 people across Lambeth and over 6,000 of those were children. We’ve had over 300 people volunteer and distributed over 170 tonnes of food. These figures, both shocking and remarkable, are only made possible through your help and the fantastic partnership we have formed with other Foodbanks in the borough. You can get a behind the scenes look at the South London warehouse and meet some of the team in our latest Foodbank video.
Looking for something fun to do this Friday, 9th October? Then look no further than the hilarious Collywobblers Comedy Clubs Streatham Festival Special which you can watch live from the comfort of your own home. With an incredible line up featuring some of the UK’s top comedians there is no need to delay – book your ticket now! Tickets cost £10 and 50% of all proceeds will go to our Foodbank. Share the link with your friends if you can. To purchase tickets and view the full line-up click here
We’re in the midst of the harvest season and we’ve already had lots of wonderful donations from schools, churches and the local community. Thank you to everyone who has contributed so far, please keep the donations coming. If you aren’t able to help with a harvest collection, you can always help by donating money through our GIVING PAGE or through our text to donate service TEXT dinner 5 to 70085 to donate £5 or TEXT dinner 10 to 70085 to donate £10. This costs £5/10 plus a standard rate message. Your cash donations enable us to buy the items we are short of and will help us provide food throughout the winter months.
We want to say a big thank you to Focus Lighting in Wimbledon for the free use of a van which we have utilised since switching to our delivery model in March. It has been an essential part of the service we offer. Unfortunately, Focus Lighting now need to reclaim the van and we are looking for an alternative transport solution. Do you or anyone you know have access to a van that could be loaned or leased to us?  Or could you help us by starting a fundraising campaign? Please do get in touch if you are able to assist.

We thought you would like to read the following account from one of our clients who emailed us with some feedback about our service:

“MY OH MY where do I begin… Recently let go from work but told I have earned too much to receive benefits. Only entitled to £95 for another 4 weeks… devastating. I was offered food bank vouchers and refused due to pride. Lonely, broke and reluctant to turn to family and friends due to shame and pride. I was called by a lovely man from the DWP who advised the Foodbank parcels are lovely, delivered and discreet… so I agreed to have a parcel!!! I am ELATED!! I have not smiled this much in weeks!!! Fresh fruit  and vegetables, oil, eggs, beans, puddings, nappies and wipes, washing tablets, marshmallows for hot chocolate, pasta rice, broccoli, biscuits, squash, jam, shower gel and SO MUCH MORE!!!! Absolutely everything my children and I needed!! I am very very GRATEFUL eternally!! Thank you so so so so much!! Amazing!! Thank you also to the polite young man who delivered to me!! You are amazing!! Without you I don’t know what I would have done!!”

Meet the fabulous Elaine, warehouse team worker and social media advisor who has been generating content for our Twitter feed since September.

“I’ve been volunteering at the Foodbank in Streatham for just over a year now. I work in the warehouse section, receiving and sorting all of the donations as they arrive. I always say that it’s very similar to unpacking your shopping at home and filling your cupboards, except it’s on a much larger scale and it’s an infinitely more satisfying job within the context of the food bank! At the moment I do one afternoon per week, and I genuinely love it. There’s such a great team of volunteers there. We listen to music while we work (I’m either singing or complaining about Pat’s music choices). We chat, we laugh and we’ve genuinely supported each other through this tricky lockdown period – my lovely wee team has all agreed that our afternoon in the warehouse is the best part of our week right now. I’m not entirely sure what initially brought me to the Foodbank – the clichés of feeling very lucky with my lot and guilt at being on the more fortunate side of the inequalities that surround us have definitely played their part. From a selfish point of view, I run my small marketing business from home and have worked alone for a number of years, so I was looking to do something that would break up the week, where I could work in a team and do something that’s completely different from my day to day work. And I can honestly say that it’s true what they say – volunteering is really good for you! Working in the warehouse we’re a few steps away from the face to face client/guest stage so it can be easy to forget what the end result of our work is. But I’m in total awe of what the Foodbank does (especially how it has brilliantly adapted and responded to the Covid crisis this year) and of the many volunteers who give up their time to help keep it ticking along”.

Fundraisers Will Straw and Emily Wallace are continuing to support Lambeth Foodbanks through the Lambeth Foodbank Fund. Their latest fundraising initiative was a silent auction and had some incredible prizes including VIP tickets to the England vs India test match, guestlist tickets for a gig at the Brixton Academy and a jacket donated by singer La Roux! So far they have raised an incredible £62,000 to be divided between the Lambeth Foodbanks. A big thanks to Will and Emily and everyone who participated.
If you didn’t already know, the Streatham Festival will soon be with us. Once again, it will be packed full of fantastic events and creative expressions reflecting the local talent of Streatham and beyond. One of the attractions is an intro to indoor flash photography workshop where all the proceeds will be donated to our Foodbank – you can sign up using the link. Thank you to Sukhy Hullait who already run a pre-Festival portrait photography masterclass in order to raise funds for our work.
We have opened the door to our form-filling service and have already helped numbers of clients navigate complex forms to receive the benefits they are entitled to. This service is offered in our new Covid-secure pods (see photo), providing a safe space for our guests and clients to converse. Thank you to Invisible Blue for donating the screens.
A huge thank you to FCL logistics for providing us with a truck for the day to pick up donations. This enabled us to transport 7 tonnes of stock from Greenwich to our warehouse in Streatham. A real help in our efforts to replenish our depleted stock levels!


Please note that due to Covid-19, our distribution points are currently closed! Drop-boxes are still operating in various local shops across Lambeth. 

We have three distribution points across the Borough of Lambeth with different opening times for each. Click on the image above for more information regarding our food distribution points.In addition to the three distribution centres, we have a number of drop-boxes situated in local shops and community hubs across Lambeth.

We have a number of new initiatives to suit your donating preferences, including our text to donate service where simply by texting ‘dinner 5’  or ‘dinner 10’ to 70085 enables you to donate the corresponding amount through your phone. Please click on the image above and download our ‘ways to donate’ info sheet to see all options available to you.
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