Updated 14th September 2021
Please note until further now are currently operating an Appointments Only Collection Service to Westminster Residents who have been referred via one of our registered agencies. Unfortunately, we are unable to help those who are street homeless, please look at Westminster Council’s Website to find out details of support services in the Borough.
All clients must be referred by one of our Registered Agencies e.g.:
Donations: please note that in the run-up to Christmas, because of limited space, we will only be able to accept donations of food/toiletries that have been be discussed in advance with the Foodbank office ([email protected]) and booked in via the Chapel office ([email protected]; 020 7834 1731 x 200). We reserve the right to turn away other donations.
To avoid disappointment, please consider making a financial donation instead, or consider postponing your collection until the Spring, when our stocks generally get low. Thank you for your understanding.
If you would like to donate money to the work of our Foodbank, please use one of the following links to give through Enthuse, or download a giving form here and return it along with your donation. You can also donate to us via Bankuet
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).
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 parcels. The Foodbank partners with front-line care professionals, who identify people in crisis and issue them with a voucher. On receiving a referral, a member of the team will call the client or a representative to arrange a collection date and time, plus check for any special dietary needs to assist with pre-packing of their food parcel. On arrival at the Foodbank centre, people will be checked in, receive a warm welcome and their food parcel. If appropriate, they will also be put in touch with agencies that may be able to provide further assistance.
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’ or use our latest list (please add link to list – see attached).
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
Please email us if you would like to find out if there are any volunteering opportunities. We are a small Foodbank so we cannot guarantee there will be opportunities. Additionally, we cannot support large numbers of group volunteers.
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 lose 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 Email: [email protected]; Tel: 020 7834-1731 ext.224
Westminster Foodbank is committed to delivering a high standard of service to anyone who engages with our work. View our Complaints Procedure here.