Food banks make urgent appeal

The founder of Hammersmith & Fulham Foodbank has launched an urgent appeal for donations and supplies as the Coronavirus crisis piles pressure on the charity’s work.

The Foodbank – set up locally by Daphine Aikens a decade ago – is financially supported by Hammersmith & Fulham Council. She says the foodbank has barely five weeks’ worth of stock as the coronavirus outbreak threatens to disrupt supplies to the most vulnerable in society.

“If donations drop because of the coronavirus or panic buying, we’ll see our stocks run out,” warns Daphine. “We have enough core products to make balanced food parcels for five weeks of normal use, but if the situation gets worse and schools close, people will need more food.”

She worries that if coronavirus spreads, some of her 60 volunteers could fall sick… making it difficult to sort the two tonnes of supplies typically donated every week. If schools are forced to close, families who currently qualify for free school meals could go hungry.

She urges donors to leave food at supermarket donation points, or donate online via Bankuet. There is also an appeal to wholesale suppliers to find out if it’s possible for the foodbank to purchase non-perishable goods from them.

Local food banks

Hammersmith & Fulham

Location: c/o St Matthew’s, Wandsworth Bridge Road, London SW6 2TX
Tel: 0207 731 3693

Hammersmith & Fulham food bank provides emergency parcels. Every visitor is offered free homemade snacks and a cuppa, while food packs include toiletries, feminine hygiene and cleaning products, pet food and baby items when available. When it was set up, only a handful of foodbanks existed. Today the UK has more than 2,000.

Visit the Hammersmith & Fulham Foodbank website for details of most urgently needed food items.

Donate your items at any one of these locations:

  • Tesco, 180 Shepherds Bush Road, W6
  • Sainsbury’s, Kings Mall, Hammersmith, W6
  • The Macbeth Centre, Macbeth Street, W6

Hounslow Community Food Box

Location: Brickfield Community Centre, Brickfield Close, Brentford TW8 8JN
Tel: 07719 891787 or 07718 263614

Hounslow Community Food Box provides emergency food and support and advice to those who are in need and live in the London Borough of Hounslow.

To make a donation please contact Philip Jones at or 07743 547262