Food poverty, social isolation and unemployment are sadly affecting a lot of people across the UK at the moment. Some people end up being unable to afford to buy food for themselves and their loved ones. There are some organisations out there who can help if you find yourself in this situation.
The Trussell Trust foodbanks provide a minimum of three days emergency food and support to people experiencing crisis in the UK. In some areas they will only provide food following a referral from a health or social care professional - check your local food bank for details.
Foodbanks in the local area include:
Dads House operates a food bank near West Brompton for dads and anyone else who needs a helping hand in Kensington and Chelsea.
FoodCycle is a UK charity that combines volunteers, surplus food and spare kitchen spaces to create tasty, nutritious meals for people at risk of food poverty and social isolation.
The Food Chain exists to ensure people living with HIV in London can access the nutrition they need to get well, stay well and lead healthy, independent lives.
They deliver meals and groceries, offer cookery and nutrition classes and communal eating opportunities to people living with HIV in London and their dependents.
Olio is one of a new range of smartphone apps which connects local shops (big or small) and neighbours to smartphone users who distribute unsold food at the end of the day to reduce food wastage. Download on your smartphone and see what is available for you to pick up today. No referral required
Support in Westminster
The North Paddington Foodbank uses cash and food donations from businesses and ordinary people to provide a minimum of three days emergency food and support to people experiencing crisis in North Paddington.
Support in Kensington and Chelsea
The following venues may be able to offer emergency meals:-
The West London People's Kitchen at the Goldfinger Factory regularly collect surplus produce from local greengrocers and use it to cook up a delicious community feast on the third Sunday of every month. You can lend a hand in the kitchen from 3pm, or come and enjoy a tasty pay-what-you-want meal from 6:30pm.
The Dalgarno Trust run their Foodbank every Thursday. People can register and collect tickets from 10am and then the food is distributed between 3pm and 6.30pm. For more information, call on 0208 969 6300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
See also the leaflet Food for vitality. Are you getting enough nutrition? and the accompanying Contact details leaflet for local support services in Kensington and Chelsea.