The foodbank is open every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. Over the past year, demand for food has grown steadily and we now give out over 200 bags of food per month.
"Before I came to Living Well, I hadn’t eaten for three days."
We rely almost entirely on donations of food to run the foodbank. We are grateful to very many generous supporters – individuals, churches and businesses – who regularly donate food, toiletries and other essentials.
Unlike other foodbanks, we do not operate a voucher system. Instead, we spend time with each person who asks for food, to find out about their circumstances and any help they might need. Most people use the foodbank between one and five times before moving on.
How to use the foodbank
If you are struggling and need help with food and basic supplies we can help.
Our foodbank is open to anyone who needs it and you do not need a referral, you can just turn up.
When you first use the foodbank we will ask you for some basic information about your situation so we can discuss with you what help we might be able to provide. If you need to use the foodbank again,we will ask you to keep us updated about your circumstances and any changes.
For each person we provide a bag of basic dried and tinned food, such as pasta, rice or instant mashed potato, tinned meat or fish, fruit and vegetable. We receive regular donations of fresh bread which is also available. When we first meet with you, we will ask you about what cooking facilities you have and how many people you need to feed. We may also have basic toiletries such as soap and shower gel available.
The foodbank is open on Tuesdays (3pm - 4pm), Fridays (1pm - 2.30pm) and Saturdays (10.30am - 12noon). You can find us at Holy Trinity Church, 66 Lennard Road, London, SE20 7LX.
How to donate to the foodbank
We are always grateful for donations of food and toiletries which we can use to support those who are struggling. Types of food which are particularly useful include:
- Dried pasta, dried rice and instant mashed potato
- Tinned vegetables and fruit (e.g. sweetcorn, tomatoes,peaches, mandarins, pears)
- Tinned meat and fish (corned beef and tuna are always popular)
- Packets of biscuits and cereal
- Tinned baked beans and cans of soup
- Toilet paper
- Detergent tablets for washing machines
- Tea bags and instant coffee
- Soap and toiletries - deodrant, shower gel, shampoo
- Long life milk
Tins with ring pulls are always useful, as not everyone has access to a can opener. Please note we do not have any storage facilities for fresh or frozen goods. We are unable to accept food which has past its sell by or use by date.