COVID-19 Update

The Southwark Foodbank is keeping our services running, providing emergency food parcels from our centres. 

 

ABOUT

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​The Foodbank is a store of non-perishable food donated by the local community. We partner with frontline professionals such as schools, GPs, social services and many more, who refer fellow Southwark residents to our service.

After the referral agency confirms their client’s need, they give them a voucher. This voucher is then exchanged for food by one of our volunteers at our Foodbank. The amount of food we give depends on the size of the family in need, and the type of voucher they have been given.

We pride ourselves on creating a friendly, welcoming place that offers free advice and signposting to other relevant support services. Working with the community, we help our service users tackle long-term issues, as well as the immediate crisis that led them to us.

Recent Stats
2020/2021
Between April 2020 and March 2021, the Southwark Foodbank supported 18,978 people in Southwark,
7,089 children and 11,889 adults.
 
Mid-Year Stats 2020
From April - September 2020, the Southwark Foodbank supported 11,064 people, nearly double the number in entire previous year, in half the time.

Southwark Foodbank 2020/2021 End of Year Figures

22 April 2021

The Southwark Foodbank supported 18,978 people (7,089 children and 11,889 adults) from April 2020 to March 2021, a total increase of 289% from 2019/2020.

To put it in perspective, we supported more children in 2020/2021 than the combined number of children and adults in 2019/2020. This isn’t right.

The Southwark Foodbank gave out 8,043 parcels in 2020/2021 compared to 3,344 parcels in 2019/2020. This is a 240% increase from the previous year.

The Trussell Trust today reported that the whole foodbank network across the UK gave out 2.5 million food parcels over the past year.

We know the pandemic has thrown so many people into crisis and that foodbanks have been supporting more people over the past year but people need better support than this. No one should need a foodbank. You can help us and join the Trussell Trust in working towards a #HungerFreeFuture.

While the figures are staggering, we want to acknowledge that we could not have met this need without the support of our incredible supporters, donors, and volunteers. Our community has really pulled together over the past year and even through this incredible crisis, we are so encouraged by the human spirit and generosity our supporters have shown. 

Thank you!

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Get Help

How to get help during COVID-19

If you need foodbank support, please follow the following guidance: 

1. Make contact with a referral agency to get your voucher filled in (see "How to Get a Voucher" below for details).

2. The referrer will then send the voucher directly to us.

3. Once the referral is received by the foodbank team – the referral is processed -  Southwark Foodbank are unable to provide same day collections.

4. Clients are contacted directly and offered the next available collection time

Get a Voucher

How to get a voucher

All people needing support from the foodbank need to have a voucher to use the foodbank.

Vouchers can be obtained through voucher referral agencies and if you do not have contact with one already, please call the Citizens Advice Bureau on 0808 208 2138.

 

If you are in receipt of Universal Credit, please call or make a note in your journal to your work coach who can make a referral for you.

 

If you or someone you know needs support in Spanish, please call the Latin American Disabled People's Project, on 020 7793 8399, who are supporting us by making referrals to Spanish speaking families. 

Si vives en Southwark y necesitas el apoyo del banco de alimentos de Southwark, por favor llama: Al Proyecto de Personas con Discapacidades Latíno Americanas, su número es 020 7793 8399 

How to refer someone

Organisations

If you are a charity, community organisation, hospital, GP surgery, school  etc and need to refer someone from your service, please email foodbank.support@pecan.org.uk with details and we will get back to you with details about how to refer someone to us.

Individuals

If you are an individual and know someone who needs foodbank support, then please direct them to the Citizens Advice. We do not take self referrals and require an agency to submit a voucher to us.

 

 

Are you a local, front-line organisation working with people who could use our service? Then why not become one of our voucher partners? Contact us today. 

GET HELP

 

GIVE HELP

Volunteer

We are so overwhelmed with the outpouring of community spirit and support over the past couple of months. 

We have volunteers help us with sorting and packing up food parcels, supporting with admin and answering phones in our office space to make sure people have the best information and support we can give them. 

If you would like to volunteer with us, please note we have a waiting list.  Please follow this link to our current volunteering opportunities.

We will not be able to respond to every enquiry due to the high volume of enquiries and our limitations on numbers.

Donate Food

We have received support from local charities, residents associations, community groups and individuals who have given both food and funds generously to support our change in service to delivery and the increase demand we are facing. 

If you would like to donate food, please see our urgent needs list below.

If you want to make a delivery in person, please email warehouse@pecan.org.uk. Our warehouse is open 09:30 - 13:00 Monday - Friday at the end of Mission Place, just off of 121A Peckham High Street, SE15 5SE

You can also donate food at your local supermarket. Please see our full list on details of local collection points

Donate Money 

If you would like to do any kind of fundraising or need information on making a donation as a group or an individual, please email our fundraiser, carey.evans@pecan.org.uk. 

We partner with individuals and organisations who support our fundraising efforts. 

Both food and funds will add so much value to the work we are doing and will enable us to deliver food to people in need.

 

URGENT NEEDS 

URGENTLY NEEDED FOOD ITEMS:

  • Tinned Fruit

  • Biscuits

  • Tinned Meat (pork)

  • Tinned Tomatoes

  • Pasta Sauce

  • Tinned Vegetables

  • Rice Pudding

  • Milk - (UHT / long life only)

  • Fruit Juice/Squash (UHT / long life only)

  • Jam

  • Toiletries (bars of soap)

  • Men and Women’s Deodorant

  • Sanitary towels/pads (please no tampons)

WE'VE GOT PLENTY OF:

Cuppa soup

Baby wipes

Tampons

Nappies

Tinned meat (non-pork)

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We partner with Bankuet, an online shop dedicated to supporting foodbanks with food deliveries straight to the foodbank

You can donate to the Southwark Foodbank on Bankuet's website in the link below.

 

LOCATIONS

MONDAY

OPENING TIMES

 

11am-1pm

By appointment ONLY

ADDRESS

 

St George's Camberwell

Newwent Close

SE15 6EF

TUESDAY

OPENING TIMES

 

Temporarily closed

ADDRESS

 

St George's Camberwell

Newwent Close

SE15 6EF

THURSDAY

OPENING TIMES

 

Temporarily closed

ADDRESS

 

St George's Camberwell

Newwent Close

SE15 6EF

FRIDAY

OPENING TIMES

1pm-3pm

By appointment ONLY

ADDRESS

 

Bermondsey Methodist Church

Bermondsey Street

SE1 3UJ

WEDNESDAY

OPENING TIMES

1pm-3pm

By appointment ONLY

ADDRESS

City Hope Church

Bermondsey

121 Drummond Road

SE16 2JY

FAQs

Got a question? To save you time, see if your answer is listed below:

Can I donate leftovers, out-of-date or perishable food/cooked meals?

No, unfortunately not. We only offer clients safe food that lasts. While we wish we could reduce your waste food, we have no effective, sustainable model to do so.

Can you collect my food donation?

Collecting food costs us money, so we only do it if the donation is sizeable and worth our van. Please try and organise delivery of food donations yourself.  

Aren't you just facilitating a poverty cycle by giving people free food?

No. Our Foodbank is for emergency support. We only give someone a maximum of 3 food parcels, so they have food while their financial crisis is resolved. As part of our service we signpost people to other organisations that can help them do this.

Do you  limit your support based on faith and belief?

Absolutely not, our service is for everyone. We believe in equality and we respect each individuals right to their own beliefs. 

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