Ferndale SNT teams up with Foodbank

17 July 2012

Rev Ben Goodyear with Ferndale SNT & Foodbank staff

Ferndale Safer Neighbourhoods Team showed their support to community project Norwood and Brixton Foodbank who are committed to community action against poverty at a launch on Tuesday 12 June at St Paul’s Church, Ferndale Road SW9.

Ferndale Sergeant Jack Rowlands met with Elizabeth Maytom (Project lead) from Norwood Foodbank and Rev Ben Goodyear to launch the scheme by giving his commitment to assist with handing vouchers out to those individuals or families in crisis. Sergeant Rowlands and his team also made a donation of food to help the charity with its work.

"We now have the facility to offer help."

The SNT regularly engage with residents and local people while patrolling their ward, holding public events and attending incidents.

From September to March, Norwood and Brixton Foodbank fed 1000 people and gave away more than seven tonnes of food. They now feed approximately 100 people every week.

The Foodbank that is part of the Trussell Trust, a Christian charity, and in partnership with Oasis Church, Waterloo feeds many people from all backgrounds including the homeless and refugees. It is dependent on help from the public to donate food to the organisation, which is then distributed to those who need it.

Ferndale Sergeant Jack Rowlands commented; “We are delighted to be working with the Norwood and Brixton Foodbank. Police often deal with people, both on the street and when attending calls from the public, who are in crisis and unable to feed themselves. We now have the facility to offer them help.”

Norwood and Brixton Foodbank’s Project lead, Elizabeth Maytom, commented, “We’re here to feed people in crisis. We provide three days worth of food to help people through tough times. Currently we are feeding about 100 people per week and we’re always looking for donations from individuals and companies to help us.”

The Brixton Foodbank is located in St Paul’s Church 184-188 Ferndale Road SW9 and open on Tuesdays from 10:30am - 1.30pm and Saturdays from 11am - 2pm.

Norwood Foodbank is located in St Luke’s Church, Knight’s Hill SE27 on Tuesdays from 10am - 1pm and Fridays from 10am - 2pm. The vouchers, issued by a number of organisations including police, GPs, social workers, faith leaders and other care professionals, will allow people to exchange them for food to help them through a crisis period. The Foodbank staff also takes the opportunity to refer clients to other agencies as appropriate to their needs.

For more information, visit the Norwood Foodbank, see related links.