Norwood and Brixton Foodbank opened in September 2011 with the support and encouragement of a number of local churches. We began in West Norwood with a small space in St Luke’s church and quickly expanded our working area and added another distribution centre in Brixton in March 2012.
We serve those in our community in crisis and see people from across Lambeth but especially south Lambeth and also north Croydon, within a short walking distance of Norwood.
During the summer of 2012, we began to receive support from an advice worker from Centre 70, followed by support from Brixton Advice Centre (BAC) for our sessions in Brixton and has continued with support from Lambeth, Walcot Foundation and more recently from City Bridge Trust
During our 10 years we have seen legal support workers from Mosaic Clubhouse, health teams, a job support worker and community dental health teams visit our venues to provide a whole range of help. As we look forward to 2021 and beyond we will look to work with a range of organisations to provide support and help beyond the food parcel.
We have strong links with CAP (Christians Against Poverty) Brixton, which in 2020 has expanded into new areas of work and within the borough of Lambeth and we will continue our links, working with CAP, going forward. Their work includes offering debt advice, job clubs and support for those struggling to manage their money.
Norwood and Brixton Foodbank continues to be supported by local churches, community and a very enthusiastic team of volunteers.