Hidden hunger is a real issue in Kingston today; we provide emergency food to local people in crisis
Kingston Foodbank was set up in December 2011 as part of the Trussell Trust national network of foodbanks. Working in partnership with front line agencies across the Borough, clients are referred to the foodbank to receive 3-4 days worth of food. Where there is a low income or no financial safety net or savings, an unexpected bill or reduction in income can push a family into crisis, unable to buy basic food. Food is donated by local churches, schools, businesses and individuals to meet the needWhy the community needs us
Kingston Foodbank is already well established as a key player in the poverty reduction strategy in the borough, and partners with over 220 front line agencies who distribute vouchers. The whole community is responding to local needs by volunteering time and through the generous food donations that go to making such a difference in the lives of local people facing crisis. Our aim is to make sure that no individual or family need to go hungry in Kingston today.Our impact on the community
Over 125 tonnes of food has been donated in the last 5 years of operation and more than two tonnes of food is distributed to local people in crisis every month. In the last 5 years more than 23,000 local people - one third are children - have received emergency food. The success of Kingston Foodbank has led to foodbanks starting in two neighbouring boroughs
Kingston Foodbank relies on volunteers and would like to hear from anyone who can help at supermarket collections, sorting food in the stores, administrative tasks in the office or meeting clients at one of the distribution centres.