Our foodbank was originally founded by Daphine Aikens, with local churches (with particular thanks to ChristChurch Fulham and St Matthew’s Church Wandsworth Bridge Road during the early stages) and a small team of people who also had a heart for vulnerable people in our community (Thank you Andy, Elizabeth, Charlie and Stuart!) in 2010. Since officially becoming an independent Charity in 2013, we continue to be led by Daphine and a Board of Trustees.
With the support of local churches and the wider community, we opened our doors for the first time in Fulham, in June 2010. Little did we know how busy we would become. In October 2012 we launched our second Foodbank Centre at St Simon’s Church on Rockley Road, and our third Centre in February 2016 at 75 Bloemfontein Road. We refer to our third Centre as ‘The Hub @ 75’. We are now open six times a week to people who’ve been referred to us.
We take great care to ensure that anyone visiting one of our Foodbank Centres is welcomed and treated with the dignity that every one deserves. Homemade snacks and hot/cold drinks are available free of charge to visitors to enjoy whilst our volunteers go through their packing lists with them. We like to give our clients as many choices as possible whilst ensuring that they will have enough food to prepare up to 10 nutritionally balanced meals for themselves and any dependants. As well as food, we also offer toiletries, feminine hygiene products, cleaning products, pet food and baby items when available.
During the winter months, we normally have a range of good quality, clean, second-hand coats available, and other clothing items may also be available too – please ask!
We are pleased that we are also able to offer support from one of our two Citizen’s Advice professionals, who are on hand during each foodbank opening session (Mondays to Fridays and on alternate Saturdays) to meet with clients to try and help resolve any underlying issues which have led to a foodbank referral.
For more information about our ‘More Than Food’ projects (including Eat Well Spend Less and Holiday Clubs, please visit our News Page or More Than Food page on this website.
We are grateful for, and rely on, support from Grant-making bodies, Churches and other places of worship, as well as local and national businesses, individuals, and H&F Council.
We were one of the first foodbanks in London and are proud to be a fully paid up Member of the Trussell Trust Foodbank Network. As a Member, we are able to access valuable information, advice, and support when needed. As an independent charity, we do not receive any direct funding from the Trussell Trust.