As a society, we believe in justice and compassion, and protecting each other from harm. But right now many people in Wandsworth Borough are living in poverty, including one in three children.
But food banks are not a solution to poverty.
That’s why we regularly report what we’re seeing locally and call for changes that we believe could better anchor local people from being swept into poverty and hunger – and reduce and then end the need for food banks like ours.
Our new report: Covid-19: A View from the Foodbank, takes a quick look back at what we’ve been seeing across Wandsworth during the pandemic.
The information in this short report comes from interviews with 93 households who’d to use Wandsworth Foodbank during the pandemic; an online survey completed by 121 referral agencies (60% of which were statutory services); and data from 1,994 Foodbank voucher referrals received during March-July 2020.
Our 2019 report looking at food bank use across Wandsworth Borough during 2018/19. During this year, statutory services made two-thirds of all referrals (64%), indicating that the food bank has now become an integral part of the social safety net – even though this was never the intention.
If you have any questions or comments on our research and advocacy work please get in touch with Sarah Chapman, our Policy and Communications Manager.