Here is an introduction to our project.
Islington Foodbank was established by a group of volunteers in 2011 as part of The Trussell Trust network of foodbanks. Our centre operates from Highbury Roundhouse on Ronalds Road and is open twice a week on Mondays and Saturdays from 1pm – 4pm. Our foodbank aims to provide people who find themselves in a crisis with 3 days’ worth of emergency food, so our focus is on collecting donations to meet the demand in Islington.
Demand has grown steadily since 2011 as families struggle to make ends meet. Legislation and budget cuts have had a direct impact on household budgets resulting in an increase in the number of single people and families visiting Islington Foodbank.
Our foodbank is run entirely by over 100 volunteers, who do everything from managing stock in the warehouse, preparing bags for our clients, and organising supermarket drives, to meeting our clients to give them their food and talk through the difficulties they’re facing. If you’d like to volunteer you can see what opportunities are currently available here.
Our food donations come from a great range of sources. Every week local residents donate food at the centre and in our permanent supermarket bins. We also rely on donations from local businesses, churches and other groups. In the last couple of years, we’ve had large donations from the Church on the Rock, Islington Liberal Democrats and primary schools in Islington.
Over the years, Islington Foodbank has become an established pillar of the community. We will continue to work with our trusted voucher partners that are services are offered to the most vulnerable members of the community.