HACKNEY LABOUR Group of Councillors and Mayor are protesting to the Government about the food shortages at the Hackney Foodbank – and urging local people to rally round to help Hackney Foodbank, hit by shortages.
“Food poverty is one of the greatest scandals of 21st century Britain. In the sixth richest country in the world, benefit cuts, a broken housing market, and rising in-work poverty means eight million people have trouble putting food on the table,” said Hackney Labour Cllr Chris Kennedy. His portfolio as a Cabinet member is Food Poverty.
“The Hackney Foodbank is now desperately running on low as there is a huge spike in demand – in part caused by the way the Tory Government has rolled Universal Credit, leaving families with a five week gap or more without money.
Cllr Chris Kennedy
“What kind of Government does that? The answer is a Government whose Chancellor actual denies there is any poverty, and another leading member thinks people only use foodbanks because they are there. So take them away and poverty disappears. We don’t think so.”
He added: “We are seriously concerned at what is happening to people, particularly what could be thousands of children in Hackney going hungry.
“Hackney is one of the first councils in the country to commit to funding free school meals for families that have no recourse to public funds.”
People can support the Foodbank by: Direct donation of food but phone first:
Florence Bennett Centre, Cherbury St, London N1 6TL
Or to boxes provided at various local stores. Check out https://hackney.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-food/
Regular on line donations:
Donate via cheque, please address it to The Hackney Foodbank and post it to Hackney Foodbank, Florence Bennett Centre, Cherbury Street, N1 6TL. Please be sure to include a Gift Aid form if you are a UK Taxpayer.
Philip Glanville, Hackney’s Labour Mayor, said: “Hackney Council is doing all it can to support our most vulnerable families: working with local food partnership organisations; ensuring vulnerable families have access to Healthy Start and Alexandra Rose vouchers to purchase fresh fruit and veg; and being the largest funder of lunch clubs in London.
“In the meantime we recognise the importance and need for emergency support such as that provided by the Food Bank. We were shocked not only by the news that usage of Hackney Food Bank has increased by 44% in the year to April, but also by the fact a quarter of the beneficiaries were children, mostly of primary school age.”
Hackney Food Bank venues are open five days a week. Attendees receive emergency food on presentation of a voucher issued by a referring agency. Citizens Advice Bureau, GP surgeries, all Children’s Centres, some primary schools and even the police can issue vouchers to those in need.
A full list of items needed is on the Hackney Food Bank website https://hackney.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-food/
URGENTLY NEEDED FOOD ITEMS
- SHOWER GEL
- WASHING-UP LIQUID
- CURRY SAUCE
- LONG-LIFE FRUIT JUICE
- TINNED CUSTARD
- TINNED FRUIT
- TINNED MEAT
- TINNED FISH: MACKEREL, SARDINES, SALMON
You can also help on a regular basis by signing up to volunteer https://hackney.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/volunteer/
- In the longer term Hackney Council is developing a local Food Poverty Action Plan, which is led by the Hackney Food Poverty Alliance, in partnership with Hackney Council and with funding from Food Power, along with £10,000 match funding from the Council’s Public Health service.