Camden Foodbank

St Pancras Church is pleased to support the work of the Camden Foodbank.

Can you help, by donating any of the following items? These can be left in the wire basket just inside the main door of the church on Upper Woburn Place any time the church is open.

Please buy items like those on this list, bring them to this collection point and leave them in the plastic tub.

  • Tinned Meat/Fish
  • Fruit Juice (carton)
  • Tea Bags/Instant Coffee
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Tomatoes (Tinned)
  • Milk (UHT or powdered)
  • Sugar (500g)
  • Pasta Sauces
  • Sponge Pudding (Tinned)
  • Cereals
  • Rice Pudding/Custard
  • Instant Mash Potato
  • Rice
  • Tinned Fruit
  • Jam
  • Biscuits or Snack Bars
  • Toiletries

Please give more food as autumn draws in and the cold and hunger start to bite!

Thank you for your support. More detailed information can be found below. If just 10 people passing by each day brought in one item each, we’d have enough food to feed five more families until the end of the month!

Camden Foodbank

There are currently two Trussell Trust foodbanks in the borough of Camden: one in Chalk Farm at the Primrose Hill Baptist Church with collections including Haverstock School, Hampstead Parish Church and Queen’s Crescent and subsidiary distribution at St George’s Queen Square both on Saturdays 10am-1pm, and Camden Foodbank at the RCCG City Church in Pratt Mews off Pratt Street parallel to Camden Town High Street. St Pancras Parish Church is a collection point for Camden. We leafleted commuters for a week and have had an immediate and sustained response from individuals and businesses.

There’s a whole raft of interested churches and a huge range of activity in Camden, and a real need for distribution points in Holborn, Highgate and Kilburn as well as Central Camden. For instance, supported by St Annes, Highgate Newtown Community Centre is selling hot lunches on Thursdays for 50p and distributing what non-perishable food they can collect. St James in Kilburn is planning to set up a foodbank.

If you look at the map of Camden with the areas of greater deprivation shown in a progressively darker colour you can see that having distribution points in these areas will bring the foodbanks within walking distance of more people in greatest need:

At a meeting at the Bloomsbury Baptist church on Thursday 31 January 2013, we discussed a future possibility of a central store in Camden where we would log and store donated non-perishable food, and channel it out to the distribution centres. Camden Council is considering this. Possibly, in the future we could employ a full-time co-ordinator, as has happened with the cold weather shelters.

Foodbanks nationally – organised by the Trussell Trust

The Trussell Trust (Reg. Charity No.1110522) is a Christian Organisation that operates as an umbrella body nationally to support foodbanks with organisational and volunteer training, support, an operating manual, PR and branding materials, an online forum, annual audits, conferences and access to the foodbank network’s shared ideas and experience.

All food is donated by the public and logged and sorted by volunteers. Frontline care professionals such as social workers, the police, GPs and teachers and issue food vouchers to people in crisis, for which they receive three days of nutritionally balanced, non-perishable food. People also receive a friendly cup of tea/hot meal and sign-posting to agencies that can help resolve their situation.

Each host organisation, usually a church or community centre, is backed up by further organisations collecting non-perishable food and providing volunteers.

The Trussell Trust has launched 250 foodbanks nationally and in 2011-12 foodbanks fed 128,687 people nationwide, which is expected to rise to over 230,000 in 2013. There are collection days at schools during Harvest festivals and Supermarket days where customers are asked to donate an item from the shopping list.

Trussell Trust foodbanks have seen the biggest rise in numbers given emergency food since the charity began in 2000. Almost 350,000 people have received at least three days emergency food from Trussell Trust foodbanks during the last 12 months, nearly 100,000 more than anticipated and close to triple the number helped in 2011-12. Rising cost of living, static incomes, changes to benefits, underemployment and unemployment have meant increasing numbers of people in the UK have hit a crisis that forces them to go hungry. This dramatic rise in foodbank usage predates April’s welfare reforms, which could see numbers increase further in 2013-14. There is a real risk of families running out of food before the end of the month and children coming hungry to school not having had a warm dinner the night before let alone breakfast, and our old folk choosing heating over food.