Hammersmith & Fulham Foodbank
The primary objective of the Hammersmith & Fulham foodbank is the prevention or relief of poverty in and around the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham. In particular, but not exclusively by 1) the provision of of emergency food parcels to individuals in need and/or other organisations working to prevent or relieve poverty; 2) providing practical advice and support to individuals, either directly or by referral to approved partner agencies; thereby enabling them to find lasting relief from financial hardship.
As well as offering emergency food parcels, we also run children’s holiday clubs, a cookery and meal planning course – called ‘Eat Well Spend Less’, drop-in sessions for the community, based at our Hub in W12; and provide professional advice via two Citizen’s Advice workers, based in our Foodbank Centres. We serve homemade soup, served with bread and butter, every Monday and Friday to clients visiting the foodbank.
75 Bloomfontein Road
St Simon’s Church
Fulham Foodbank Centre
c/o Christchurch Fulham
67 Studdridge Street
Meals & Conversation – Food Cycle
Food Cycle is a voluntary sector organization that supports people who are hungry and lonely by serving tasty lunches and dinners every single day in towns and cities across the country. Many of their guests struggle to afford the basics to eat and many will eat alone without company or conversation. Meals are prepared by volunteers, from reclaimed surplus food that would otherwise go to waste.
Telephone: 020 7729 2775
Meals & Meals Services
PeopleFirst have provided some suggestions on how you can continue to access a healthy, balanced diet, and to enjoy your food, even if you find it hard to get out and about, or are no longer able to prepare a meal for yourself. Their site contains links to companies who can deliver to your home, as well as council services like ‘meals on wheels’.
Affordable eating advice
It can be hard to eat well on a budget, and there is always the temptation to buy cheaper but less healthy food when trying to make ends meet. This site has some useful tips to make eating a healthy balanced diet more affordable.
This site has information about health eating plus links to the EatWell site that describes diet in more detail.
H&F CCG has a list of services throughout the borough that are commissioned to promote healthy living.
In addition to the numerous weight loss groups across the borough, there are services provided by the NHS and Council:
The Healthy Hearts service runs a menu of healthy lifestyle programmes, which are clinically proven to reduce your risk of suffering with Cardiovascular Disease in the near future, and in later life. The community based health improvement interventions include weight management, healthy eating cookery classes and physical activity sessions.
Has a 12 week weight loss program that is full of advice and top tips to help people lose weight in a sustainable way:
Weight Loss (Children)
Increasing numbers of children in H&F are obese by the time they start school. This has direct consequences for their health now and throughout their lives. There are multiple services available to provide help:
MyTime Active/ MEND
This Council site contains details about local obesity prevention and treatment programs for children and young people.
This site is full of information to help children maintain a healthy life: recipes, activities, food facts and fun ideas as well as Apps.
A healthy, balanced diet is important to help young people concentrate and perform at school as well as for their health. The school lunch service provides nutritious and affordable meals that use freshly prepared ingredients. Meals are excellent value for money – a two-course meal, including a choice of bread and salad, costs only £1.80 for primary school pupils, free meals are available for certain eligible children. This site has more details.
Meals on wheels and services for people who are housebound
If you are experiencing health problems and are struggling to get out to the shops, or to prepare healthy meals for yourself at home, there will be ways in which you can overcome these difficulties. This website provides suggestions on how to continue to access a healthy, balanced diet, and enjoy your food, even if you find it hard to get out, or are no longer able to prepare a meal for yourself.
Age UK offer an escorted door-to-door shopping service for people over 50 who could not otherwise do their own shopping. Their fully accessible minibus will collect you, take you to a local supermarket – we currently use Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Asda depending upon which area you live in – and bring you back to your home. The round trip costs £2.50 and includes a helpful, fully trained driver who can also help with heavy bags, and usually a volunteer escort to provide additional support.
Telephone: 020 7386 2651
The Soup Kitchen serves hot food and drinks to the homeless and needy in the Borough of Ealing. Founded in the early 70’s, Ealing Soup Kitchen (ESK) is run by a group of local churches and is open every Saturday and Sunday, 3.30pm – 5pm, in the Church Room at St. John’s, Mattock Lane, Ealing (entrance from Broomfield Place or the church garden).
They also run Monday & Friday drop-ins where they provide clothes, food, a hairdresser, showers, practical help, games and a doctor on site.
Office: 0208 566 3507 (ext. 7)
Mobile: 07934 097 027