We support people and families across Wandsworth Borough who are referred to us in severe hardship
We’re a local food bank that’s part of the Trussell Trust national network of food banks. We provide emergency food, support and advice to people and families across Wandsworth who are experiencing severe financial hardship.
Wandsworth Foodbank was started by St Mark’s Church, Battersea Rise in 2013, in response to the growing need we saw in our community. We partner with local churches and the community to help people referred to us by nearly 300 local agencies and teams.
During the pandemic we’ve been delivering to people’s homes, and last year (2020/21) we delivered 11,336 emergency food supplies to local people referred to us during the pandemic – a 78% increase on the previous year. Four in ten emergency food parcels were for children. We’re delighted that from 20 September 2021, we’re once again welcoming people referred to us at our food bank welcome centres across the borough.
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We don’t just do food
As well as providing emergency food and household essentials, our trained volunteers help people find further support to try to resolve the financial hardship they’re experiencing. This includes our Foodbank Advice Project in partnership with Citizens Advice Wandsworth, which last year provided expert, confidential advice and casework to 540 Foodbank guests on issues causing poverty and food bank need, such as benefit deductions, rent arrears, job loss, insecure work, risk of homelessness. domestic abuse and impact of no recourse to public funds.
We also advocate for policies and provision that will better protect people in our community from poverty and the need for food banks. We’re delighted for instance that Wandsworth Council has heard us and has increased its local welfare assistance grants this year, and that previously excluded groups or people like refugees, asylum seekers and migrants with no recourse to public funds are included.
None of this would be possible without the continued, incredible generosity of people in our local community who give food, money and time to help those in need around us. We’re so grateful to everyone who share what they have through the Foodbank. Thank you.