Food for thought

5 December 2018

According to stats from The Trussell Trust, three day emergency food supplies to people in crisis went up from1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018 by 13% on the previous year. Of the 1,332,952 supplies distributed, 484,026 of these went to children. 

Sufra North West London's foodbank in Stonebridge provides emergency supplies ofessential food and toiletries to individuals and families experiencing acute crisis. Around 4,000 people in need of food pass through its doors every year.

Rajesh Makwana, Sufra North West London's capacity building manager, says that this number is expected to rise in 2019. "It's always a struggle when demand outstrips supply," Rajesh said. "There has been a steady increase in people coming to us, and what with winter coming, there's always extra demand on our services because we see a lotof homeless people."

Sufra NW London can issue a maximum of four foodbank vouchers a year to those in need, and can assist people with referrals in order to obtain those vouchers. The size offood parcels vary depending on the size ofthe family they are designed to support, but typically they last for five to seven days.

Anyone wishing to help is welcome to donate food parcels to the foodbank in Pitfield Way, or enquire about volunteering by phoning 020 3441 1335.

Brent Foodbank relaunched in February 2016 after moving into its first permanent home in The Vestry Hall in Neasden Lane. With refurbishments funded by The Trussell Trust, the new space allows Brent Foodbank tointroduce a variety of 'More than food' services aimed at tackling the root causes of a person's visit to the foodbank.

Brent Foodbank is a project founded by local churches and community groups, working together towards stopping hunger in the borough.

Need help with food or want to donate food? Please visit:

Sufra North West London

Brent Foodbank

St Laurence's Larder and Open Kitchen

Granville Community Kitchen: