Important Information, Updated 22nd July 2020.
As a temporary measure to meet needs during this period we are operating a food parcel Collection Service for clients with pre-booked appointments, until further notice for Westminster residents (we are not able to help those who are street homeless).
Clients still need to be referred by one of our referral agencies, including, but not limited to the following. Clients may apply for a voucher over the phone.
The Westminster Citizens’ Advice Bureau – Beethoven Community Centre, Third Avenue, London W10 4JL; Mon – 13.30 – 16.00. Tel: 0300 330 1191. https://www.westminstercab.org.uk/
The Cardinal Hume Centre, (Pimlico), Medway Street, London SW1P 2BG, Tel: 020 7227 1673 https://www.cardinalhumecentre.org.uk/
St Vincent’s Family Project (Families only), Methodist Central Hall Storey’s Gate, London, Tel: 020 7654 5352. https://www.svfp.org.uk/
Local Support Payments Tel: 020 7745 6464. https://www.rbkc.gov.uk/advice-and-benefits/local-support-payments (for residents living in Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea or Westminster)
Donations: please note that we are only open to receive donations Mondays and Thursdays between 9am-4pm; donors need to notify us in advance by emailing [email protected]
It is even more important at this time to keep the Foodbank running. If you cannot drop off food, we would value financial contributions towards replenishing our stock, and towards the general running costs of the Foodbank, which include premises and staffing costs. Make a donation here.
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 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 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
At the moment we are not able to take on any new 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 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
Email: [email protected]
Westminster Foodbank is committed to delivering a high standard of service to anyone who engages with our work. View our Complaints Procedure here.