The move of Bow Food Bank from Bow Church to the Centre has helped extend capacity. The food bank now provides essential food supplies to over 400 individuals and families each week.
Home deliveries form part of this and they have recently increased to 90 per week – essential food supplies for people who are shielding or unable to leave home due to ill health and disabilities.
Funders have risen to the challenge. Investec started their food bank support at the beginning of the lock down, along with their partners. They have now extended funding and logistics support for another 12 weeks. Recognising that current need is growing, Investec are currently supporting 18 different food banks. Tesco, particularly the Bromley by Bow superstore, has provided a lot of food items, practical support and a much-needed supply of carrier bags to Bow Food Bank.
Neighbours in Poplar volunteers often provide vans full of donations to support residents in Bromley by Bow. Residents in the local area also make very generous food donations.
Thanks to the combined staff team and group of experienced volunteers, the process is well-managed and a calm environment operates for those who visit.
Whilst attending the food bank, people are informed of other services that can support them at the Centre including social welfare advice, employment support, activities and ways to connect with others.
Bow Food Bank operates at the Centre 8.30-12.30 on Mondays. It is open-access. No referral is needed
A sister operation St Matthew’s Food Bank operates on Wednesdays and Fridays