We are in urgent need for more volunteers to help run our emergency foodbank service. Please click here to find out how you can help tackle food poverty.
We also recently gave out our 5000th food parcel and rely on the generosity of local people to donate the food. We would be extremely grateful if you could click here to donate and help us buy enough emergency supplies. (Please specify your gift is for the foodbank) Thanks is advance!
In response to the rising levels of food poverty in our community, BDCA and Bonny Downs Baptist Church teamed up to launch a distribution centre for Newham Foodbank in June 2013. In the last year alone, BDCA’s foodbank had to supply emergency food parcels to 787 people (307 of these were children).
We open our foodbank centre from 12- 2pm every Wednesday in Bonny Downs Church Hall (18 Darwell Close, East Ham E6 6BT). The team of local volunteers provide emergency food parcels and a free hot lunch for people who genuinely cannot afford to feed themselves and their dependent children.
Here is a short video by local film maker Jeremy Acott showing our service in action
What to do if you are in need of an emergency food parcel…
If you are struggling to afford food then please book an appointment with a frontline care professional who knows about your situation. For example: your doctor, social worker, a family support worker at your child’s school or your job centre case worker. These people will be able to assess your situation and issue you with an emergency food voucher which you can then bring along to any of the Trussell Trust foodbank centres in Newham to collect your free parcel of 3 days’ worth of food. If you come to the Bonny Downs centre, you will also be offered the chance to book a free 1-2-1 debt/benefit advice appointment to help you move forward.
What to do if you would like to help support local people struggling with food poverty…
You can bring donations to The Well Community Centre or straight to the church, whatever is most convenient for you. Contact email@example.com if you would like more information about our foodbank.