The Peckham Foodbank was launched in December 2009 as a joint initiative between Pecan, a charity that works with the most vulnerable people in the Peckham community, and local churches.
A foodbank is a store where food donated by the community is banked and can be drawn on by people in crisis. It’s designed to help individuals in need by providing free emergency food. The Peckham Foodbank collects food from the public, supermarkets, local churches, local groups and schools.
A referral system has been established with Church Pastoral workers, Social Services, Health visitors, Probation Officers, schools and others working in the front line of fighting poverty. Individuals and families that are eligible for a food package receive a voucher from their referral agent and then come to the food bank based at Pecan to collect it. When they come they are welcomed by a trained local church volunteer and are given the opportunity to chat through their situation, get advice and be signposted on to other relevant services. This will help tackle any longer term issues as well as their immediate crisis needs.
The Peckham Foodbank completely relies on the public to exist – donations from local businesses, schools, churches and individuals. If you want to donate more information can be found at the Pecan website here. If you live in south London and want to help more practically then you could consider purchasing a few extra items on your next supermarket visit and dropping them in to Pecan (please call before dropping them off, contact details are below).
Suitable produce include: milk (UHT, tinned or powdered), cereal, fruit juice (carton), pasta, sauces, biscuits, pasta/rice, tea bags, sugar, instant mash potato, baked beans, tinned rice/sponge pudding, soup, tomatoes, vegetables, meat/fish and fruit.
You might want to get really involved, helping with food distribution or coming on board as a volunteer adviser. Contact Pecan for more info by phone on 020 7732 0007 or at 121a Peckham High Street, SE15 5SE.