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Every day, people in the borough are going hungry. There may be many reasons for this: redundancy, getting an unexpected bill, bereavement or starting work but waiting for the first wage payment.

A number of local organisations are working to support families and individuals who are struggling to feed themselves.

Food banks can help prevent crime, housing loss, family breakdown and a range of physical and mental health problems.

All of the borough's food banks are staffed by volunteers and rely on donations from the public. If you are able to support a food bank please take your food donation to one of the organisations listed below.

Our shopping list of suggested foodstuffs:

  • milk (UHT or powdered)
  • sugar (500g)
  • fruit juice (carton)
  • tea bags/instant coffee
  • tinned meat/fish
  • tinned fruit
  • soup
  • pasta sauces
  • tinned pulses e.g. lentils, beans, chickpeas
  • instant mashed potato
  • jam
  • tomatoes (tinned)
  • cereals
  • rice pudding (tinned)
  • rice/pasta/couscous
  • biscuits or snack bars
  • sponge pudding (tinned)
  • vegetables (tinned)
  • custard (tinned)

Food banks and donation points

Lewisham Food Bank supported by The Trussell Trust​

Drop-off points and times:

Malham Christian Centre, Malham Road, Forest Hill, SE23 1AN​
Wednesdays 10am–12noon
Friday 12noon–2pm

 

Living Waters Christian Church Food Service supported by Esther Community Enterprise​

Drop-off points and times:

Honor Oak Community Centre, 50 Turnham Road, Brockley SE4 2JD​
Sunday 10am2pm, Wednesday 6–9pm​

 

Barley Loaves Food Service supported by Esther Community Enterprise info@ecclesia.uk

Drop-off points and times:

​Ecclēsia 1 Cornmill Lane, Lewisham, London SE13 7FY

Tuesdays 6–9pm
Wednesdays 1–3pm
​Sundays 10am–4pm​

 

Whitefoot & Downham Community Food Project (a partnership of six churches, Eco communities and local community)

Drop-off points and times:

​Christian Centre, 480 Whitefoot Lane, Downham BR1 5SF
​Tuesday 10am–12 noon Thursday 4.30–5.30pm

Brook Lane Community Church, Downham BR1 4PX​
Thursday 9am–12 noon

Grove Park Library, Somertrees Avenue, Lee SE12 0BX​​
Monday 10am–2pm Tuesday 10am–7pm Thursday 10am–7pm​

 

​Food banks and food distribution points

Lewisham Food Bank supported by The Trussell Trust

Criteria:

​Food voucher issued to client by front line agencies e.g. social services, health visitors, CAB, job centres etc

Distribution points and times:

Malham Christian Centre, Malham Road, Forest Hill, SE23 1AN​
Wednesday 10am–12noon, Friday 12–2pm​

Algernon Road, Lewisham SE13 7AT​
Tuesday 12 noon–2pm, Thursday 12 noon–2pm

Elim Pentecostal Church, 8–10 Allerford Road, Catford SE6 2XL​
Saturday 10am–12 noon ​

 

Living Waters Christian Church Food Service supported by Esther Community Enterprise

lwcc1uk@yahoo.co.uk 020 8690 7579

Criteria:

Anyone in hardship. Proof of address required.​

Distribution points and times:

Honor Oak Community Centre, 50 Turnham Road, Brockley SE4 2JD​
Wednesday 7–8.30pm
Also signpost to other services if required.​

 

Whitefoot & Downham Community Food Project

(a partnership of six churches, Eco communities and the local community)
info@wdcfplus.org.uk 020 8698 7945​

Criteria:

Anyone in hardship. Proof of address or benefit required.​

Distribution points and times:

​Christian Centre, 480 Whitefoot Lane, Downham BR1 5SF
Thursday 7–8.30pm
Also signpost to other services.​

 

Barley Loaves Food Service supported by Esther Community Enterprise ​

info@ecclesia.uk

​Ecclēsia 1 Cornmill Lane, Lewisham, London SE13 7FY

Criteria:

​Anyone experiencing hardship and deprivation. Proof of address and benefits required.

Distribution points and times:

​Ecclēsia 1 Cornmill Lane, Lewisham, London SE13 7FY

Tuesday 7.30–8.30pm

Also signpost to other services.​