The Foodbank is based at Westminster Chapel and provides three days’-worth of nutritionally balanced (non-perishable) food to residents in the Borough of Westminster experiencing financial crisis, through a voucher scheme. It is part of a nationwide network of Foodbanks overseen and supported by the Trussell Trust (through training and resources).
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How does it work?
Food is donated by church members and local people (e.g. schools, businesses and charities) and stored at the church. Volunteers sort and pack the food into food bags. Foodbanks partner with front-line care professionals, who identify people in crisis and give them a voucher. On taking their voucher to the Foodbank centre, people receive a warm welcome, a hot drink and their food bag. If appropriate, they will also be put in touch with agencies that may be able to provide further assistance.
I am in need of food – how do I access the Foodbank?
If you are a Westminster resident in need of food, we recommend that you make an appointment to discuss your situation with an advisor at either:
Both these organisations are able to issue food vouchers to those in need.
How do I donate food or money?
From January onwards, we are able to accept food donations during normal office working hours (9am-5pm, Monday to Thursday) or on Sundays before our morning service. Please download a food donation form here and include it with your donation. The items we regularly need are here.
If you plan to deliver donations during the working week, please give us a call on 020 7834 1731 (x 224) so that we know when to expect you. When you arrive at the front of the Chapel, go through the passageway between the steps and the newsagent and press the Foodbank buzzer. Someone will come and let you in.
If you prefer, you can drop off donations between 10 and 11am on a Sunday, before our morning service. There is a supermarket trolley in the vestibule at the top of the steps for donations. If the trolley is not there, please speak to the person at the Welcome desk.
I would like to organise a food collection at my place of work/church/charity
Please contact the Foodbank team at [email protected] and mark your email ‘Organising a food collection’.
I would like my organisation to become a voucher distributor
Most front-line care agencies are eligible to register with the Foodbank to distribute vouchers. For a leaflet explaining what is involved and how to apply, please click here.
I would like to volunteer
For a letter explaining the volunteering opportunities available and an application form, please click here.
The reasoning behind this initiative:
As a church, we take our cue from the Bible, and the words of the prophet Isaiah:
“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter – when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? … If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk, and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.”
(Isaiah 58:6-7, 9b-10)
Contact details: Westminster Foodbank, Westminster Chapel, Buckingham Gate, London, SW1E 6BS
Opening hours: Monday, 2-4pm, Thursdays, 11-1pm
Tel: 020 7834 1731 x 224 Email: [email protected]
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