Labour Councillors have called on Westminster City Council to offer Westminster Foodbank, based at Westminster Chapel, the opportunity to locate food bins in Westminster Libraries and other public buildings so that residents and people working in Westminster can donate tinned and dried foods to people in need (http://www.westminsterchapel.org.uk/blog/category/foodbank/).
Labour’s initiative comes after hearing that Hammersmith & Fulham Libraries,
“have teamed up with Hammersmith and Fulham Foodbank to provide food bins where customers can donate tinned and dried goods for redistribution to people in crisis. Hammersmith, Askew Road and Shepherd’s Bush Libraries each have a small food bin for any customer wishing to donate food, which must be ‘in-date’. This food will be collected regularly by the Hammersmith & Fulham Foodbank, which is part of a national project started by the Trussell Trust. So far this financial year, the Foodbank has distributed 10,000 meals to people going through a crisis in our borough. “
Westminster Foodbank is housed in specially-converted rooms in Westminster Chapel, and every Monday and Thursday the Foodbank is open to local people who’ve been issued a special voucher by their local Job Centre, GP, housing provider, or similar local entity.
“We greet them with a cup of tea, a chat, and a couple of bags of food, that’ll last a few days. A little tin or packet of food may not be much to you, but it’ll mean a lot to the people we are serving through our Foodbank. All donations welcome: just make sure they are non-perishable (i.e. don’t need to be refrigerated), and within the use-by date.” they say.
Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg, Leader of the Labour Group, said;
“Offering Westminster Foodbank the ability to locate food bins in libraries and other public building in Westminster would be an excellent way of enabling local people to donate food to residents in real need. Westminster has one of the highest percentages of families suffering from child poverty. With many families finding it more difficult as the cost of living rises, we hope that the Council and the Foodbank can get together to help more local families at risk”