This Sunday 9th September between 11am and 5pm, donate non-perishable food items at Wapping’s local Waitrose – the St Katharine Docks branch to help feed local people in crisis.
“The current economic climate means more and more people are struggling to put food on the table, so we really need the local community to dig deep and give what they can to help” says Denise Bentley, Tower Hamlets Foodbank manager.
Over 260 crates of produce and £600 cash were collected at the Foodbank weekend in April 2012 [view post].
Tower Hamlets is the second most deprived borough in London and seventh in the UK. The group most affected are families whose children, regularly having to go to school without breakfast – the most important meal of the day.
Did you know that Tower Hamlets has the highest levels of child poverty in the UK at 57.7%?
Foodbank collection at Waitrose St Katharine Docks branch
Denise Bentley, Tower Hamlets Foodbank manager explains why Foodbank is now more important than ever:
“London just hosted the best Olympics we have ever seen and whilst this has been a landmark event and the showcasing of Tower Hamlets, we cannot neglect the ‘masked poverty’ that exists – resulting from increased redundancy and fewer jobs – all of which are having a real impact on the people of Tower Hamlets.”
Tower Hamlets Foodbank is solely dependent on local generosity and volunteers to be able to gather enough food to continue to provide this now essential service to the community.
For more information, to volunteer or to arrange and host your own Foodbank collection visit www.towerhamletsfoodbank.org.uk.
So please raid your cupboards and pockets this Sunday and donate to Foodbank from 11am-5pm at Waitrose, St Katharine Docks branch and help let others know about the appeal.