The North Paddington Foodbank
WRITTEN BY MARTIJN AKKERMAN
Every day people in the UK go hungry for reasons ranging from redundancy to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income.
In Westminster an increasing number of people have difficulties in paying for their basic needs. Other needs may take up all finances, leaving nothing for food. This is a dire situation, especially if one is supporting a family.
The North Paddington Foodbank is there to help. With cash and food donations from businesses and ordinary people, the food bank provides a minimum of three days emergency food and support to people experiencing crisis in North Paddington.
Where we Serve
The North Paddington Foodbank serves wards in North Westminster these include Harrow Road, Queen’s Park, Westbourne, Church Street, Little Venice, Maida Vale, Bayswater and Lancaster Gate Wards
How we Operate
We operate through a voucher system in partnership with local services (Voucher Issuing Organisations). These include GP’s, Westminster Citizen’s Advice Bureau, Social Landlords, Health Services, North Westminster Drug & Alcohol Services, Westminster Children’s Services, Westbourne Baptist Church, other local churches and schools.
The Voucher Issuing Organisations issue food vouchers to people and families in need of short term emergency food which are redeemed at the Foodbank.