Our food banks, similar to the majority of our Soup Kitchens, opened their doors for the first time this year of 2020 as a direct response to the current coronavirus pandemic. With several people struggling to make ends meet during this difficult time, there was a clear need to open up some of our branches to welcome the local community for a hot meal and food provisions at our Soup Kitchens. A recent online survey conducted by the Church of England concerning the impact of coronavirus on low-income families, saw 80% of respondents reported a significant deterioration in their living standards due to a combination of falling income and rising expenditure. * 43% reported that they are now finding it very difficult to cope financially compared to just 1% who responded that they are living comfortably.
In locations where we’ve not been able to open a Kitchen, we have set up the UCKG Food Bank, allowing people to pick up non-perishable food items and in many cases fresh fruit and vegetables for themselves and their families.
We currently work with several organisations to make our food banks possible, these include local supermarkets and bakeries, local councils, as well as FareShare, who bridge the gap between us and suppliers, redistributing surplus food to charities like ourselves.
The project has proven a great success and, at the time of writing, we’ve managed to open in four locations- Plaistow, Croydon, Stamford Hill and Edmonton - with several others opening in the very near future. On average our Food banks welcome 50-60 people per Saturday, per location, meaning well over 200 people per week are benefitting from this project. And with plans to open in at least another 12 locations in the next few weeks, we are sure that many more families are going to be able to take advantage of the initiative.
The UCKG Food Bank is open every Saturday, from 11am – 1pm. If you or someone you know could benefit from the help provided at the UCKG Food Bank, visit one of the locations below or give us a call on our 24-hr helpline: 020 7686 6000.