We exist to ensure that no one in Southwark goes hungry. Our vision is for a UK without the need for foodbanks.
For people onsudden crisis – redundancy, benefit delay, illness, or even an unexpected bill – can mean going hungry. Every day parents skip meals to feed their children and people are forced to choose between paying the rent, or heating bills, and eating. Every year we give food parcels to thousands of people in the local area.
We are part of The Trussell Trust’s UK-wide foodbank network, and together we provide food to thousands of people nationwide every year. We work with local frontline care professionals, such as schools, charities, housing associations, GPs, health visitors and churches, to identify those in need.
Referral agencies issue vouchers for a client to the foodbank, and the client is contacted to arrange a collection of an emergency food parcel at on of our foodbank Welcome Centres.
When clients arrive at the Foodbank Welcome Centre, we offer them the chance to meet with a volunteer to confirm their needs and check we have the right items in a food parcel. They are then signposted to organisations able to help address the underlying reason for their need for a foodbank.
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.
URGENTLY NEEDED FOOD ITEMS:
WE’VE GOT PLENTY OF:
Southwark Foodbank 2020/2021 End of Year Figures
Between April 2020 and March 2021, the Southwark Foodbank supported:
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.
Emergency Food Parcels
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.
More Than Food Service
We offer a More Than Food service, offering signposting, information and referrals and connecting people with organisations that can help address other needs they may have that contribute to food poverty.
Our aim is to see an end to hunger in the UK and an end to the need for foodbanks. We join with the Trussell Trust to campaign for effective change that will provide better support for people facing poverty in the UK. You can be a part of making change happening by joining in our campaigns. Recent campaigns with the Trussell Trust include:
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.
How to get help
If you need foodbank support, please follow the following guidance:
- Make contact with a referral agency to get your voucher filled in (see “How to Get a Voucher” below for details).
- The referrer will then send the e-voucher directly to us.
- Once the referral is received by the foodbank team, the referral is processed. Southwark Foodbank are unable to provide same day collections.
- Clients are contacted directly by phone and offered the next available collection time
How to get a voucher
All people needing support from the foodbank need to have a voucher issued to them.
Vouchers can be issued by 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
Our volunteers are vital to the Southwark Foodbank day-to-day operations.
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.
How to refer someone
If you are a charity, community organisation, hospital, GP surgery, school etc and need to refer someone from your service, please email with details and we will get back to you with details about how to refer someone to us.
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.
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 above.
If you want to make a delivery in person, please email our warehouse team.
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
People who use our service have said...
Got a question? To save you time, see if your answer is listed below:
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.
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.
No. Our Foodbank is for emergency support. We work with all our referrers towards a solution to that person’s crisis. As part of our service we signpost people to other organisations that can help them do this.
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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