Pecan launched the Peckham Foodbank in December 2009 as a joint initiative between Pecan and local churches. In creating the foodbank it joined a national network of foodbanks established by The Trussell Trust, Salisbury.
A foodbank is a store where food donated by the community is banked, and can be drawn on by people in crisis. It is designed to help individuals in need by providing free emergency food for three days, which is the period assessed as the minimum time it takes for the appropriate agencies to be in a position to assist. This period can be extended if necessary.
The Peckham Foodbank collects food from the public, supermarkets, local churches, local groups and schools. A referral system has been established with Church Pastoral workers, Social Services, Health visitors, Probation Officers, schools and others working in the front line of fighting poverty. Individuals and families that are eligible for a food package receive a voucher from their referral agent and then come to the foodbank based at Pecan to collect it. When they come they are welcomed by a trained local church volunteer and are given the opportunity to chat through their situation, get advice and be signposted on to other relevant services. This will help tackle any longer term issues as well as their immediate crisis needs.
How you can help…
The Peckham Foodbank completely relies on the public to exist – donations from local businesses, schools, churches and individuals. If your heart has been stirred as you have read the vision and purpose of the foodbank then please consider donating to Pecan. When food donations have not met demand for free food parcels we purchase items from a local supermarket. Every gift will make a difference.
If you live in south London and want to help more practically then you could consider purchasing a few extra items on your next supermarket visit and dropping them to us (please call before dropping them off). You might also want to consider organising a collection at your church or place of work.
We are currently looking for funds and food for our Christmas Hampers which will be given out on the 23rd December. Our normal emergency food parcels contain non-perishable food however for Christmas we want to provide families with fresh food to celebrate with. Take a look at our Christmas Hamper list here.
Telephone: 020 7732 0007 Fax: 020 7358 9005
Postal Address: 121a Peckham High Street, SE15 5SE
The Southwark Foodbank would like to thank the Big Yellow Storage for it’s continued support in providing space for the Foodbank. For more information on the Big Yellow Storage, please click here.