Hammersmith & Fulham Foodbank is delivering food parcels to those who need it the most in the community. Here is how to get involved.
Daphine Aikens, founder of Hammersmith & Fulham Foodbank launched the initiative 10 years ago and was recently awarded an MBE for her work. To respond to staggering demand during the crisis, the foodbank has partnered with Hammersmith & Fulham Council and is scaling up production at Olympia London.
Daphine said of the partnership: “It has let us set up a production line here to increase the help we can offer. We’ll be able to do 800 parcels a week, even 1,000 a week. By using the Olympia National building, we can upscale and move to a full delivery service to help anyone without the money for food. It’s a massive increase in what we can achieve. We’re able to do it because we have our own committed and trained volunteers, together with H&F Council staff and other local volunteers. The response we’ve had has been incredible; this community has been incredible, and we’re so grateful to everyone.”
Assembled by an army of volunteers, food parcels are then delivered by private vehicles with DBS-registered taxi cabs and H&F Council staff.
To meet the current rise in demand, the foodbank needs increased support to continue its work helping the most vulnerable in the community. There are a few options available so everyone can contribute, being it by cash donations - which help the foodbank to buy supplies - food donations and/ or volunteering.
To donate funds, please visit Hammersmith & Fulham Foodbank donations page here.
To see a list of the most urgently needed food items and donation collection points, please visit H&F Foodbank website.
To volunteer, please visit Hammersmith & Fulham Community Aid Network website.
To read how Olympia London has partnered with Hammersmith & Fulham Council to support the foodbank, click here.
Images: Justin Thomas - Hammersmith & Fulham Council