Here is an introduction to our project, we want to support those who are going through a crisis by ensuring they have food in their homes.
Kensington & Chelsea Foodbank was established by Notting Hill Methodist Church in Ladbroke Grove, in October 2018, under the umbrella of the Trussell Trust. To date we have fed so far over 700 people who are going through various crises, ranging from unemployment, low incomes to health-related issues. We are completely reliant on donations from local people and organisations for the food, which we then distribute to our clients. Most of the food we receive is mainly non-perishable. We receive regular donations from local people, St. Clement’s Church and Queens Gate School, but have also received generous donations from Imperial College, Marlborough Primary school, Pembridge Day Hospice, Kensington Park School, Chelsea Community School and Colville nursery, to mention a few. We have also received generous monetary donations from Hampshire School Chelsea, Tonic UK, Holland Park Resident Assoc., as well as others. Much of our toiletries are donated through The Communication Store based in Kensington.
Kensington & Chelsea is an inner London borough, the smallest borough in London, and one of the most densely populated areas in the country. It has areas of both great affluence with some very high incomes, (highest average incomes in London) and of poverty: income inequality is higher here than any other borough by a considerable margin. There are pockets of deprivation in the borough, particularly in the north end of Kensington and Chelsea, where the foodbank is based. In this area there is an above average poverty rates, child poverty, and receipt of out-of-work benefits. These are not confined to this part of the borough, but are more concentrated here. Statistics show 29% of children in Kensington & Chelsea are living in poverty.
Frontline care professionals such as social workers, the police, GPs and teachers issue food vouchers to people in crisis. At distribution sessions, people can come and exchange these vouchers for three days’ worth, which is nutritionally- balanced. We are pleased that we are also able to offer support from the Kensington Citizen’s Advice professionals, who give advice and guidance for those with queries regarding universal credit. When clients come along you will be greeted by volunteers