As it’s now almost 10 years since Islington Foodbank started, we’re looking back at its development over the decade.
2011: A team of five volunteers from a North London church set up the food bank in Tufnell Park Road, as part of the Trussell Trust Network.
Clients served: 278 Adults: 174 Children: 104
2012: The food bank moves to premises in Berners Road, near the Angel.
Clients served: 832 Adults: 602 Children: 230
2013: The food bank registers as a separate charity and partners with Kings Cross Church. It moves to a building in York Way, Kings Cross. It starts to produce a quarterly newsletter.
Clients served: 1,843 Adults: 1,323 Children: 520
2014: Mayor of Islington Theresa Debono chooses Islington Foodbank as her charity, and later remains on the Board.
Clients served: 2,501 Adults: 1,717 Children: 784
2015: The food bank moves to its current premises at Highbury Roundhouse.
Clients served: 2,492 Adults: 1,670 Children: 822
2016: The food bank starts its first permanent collection boxes – the first one is at Waitrose, Holloway Road. This is now a large source of food.
Clients served: 4,109 Adults: 3,020 Children: 1089
2017: The food bank introduces a stock controller to oversee donations, and secures two offsite garages to store extra stock, that can’t be stored at the Roundhouse.
Clients served: 4,949 Adults: 3,687 Children: 1,262
2018: The food bank begins implementing an electronic processing system for vouchers (e-vouchers) and introduces a 12 voucher-a-year policy for clients.
Clients served: 5,575 Adults: 4,211 Children: 1,363
2019: The food bank changes its opening hours from 2pm – 5pm, to 1pm – 4pm, to make it safer for clients and volunteers in the winter months. It also introduces a safeguarding officers and emergency bag system. Collaboration with Arsensal FC begins.
Clients served: 5,684* Adults: 4,254* Children: 1,430
*250 of these were ’emergency bags’ given to people who didn’t have a voucher, but had visited the food bank before – a scheme introduced at Islington Foodbank in 2019.