“The pandemic has shown us that everyone is just one step away from poverty. People who previously thought that they had secure lives have found themselves in situations they never imagined” – Angie, our Poverty Response Co-Ordinator
This year, demand at our foodbank has risen dramatically. During the first lockdown alone, we gave out emergency food and essentials to 5,648 local people in need (including our repeat customers), and had our busiest foodbank shift ever.
December is always one of our busiest months, in part because of the school holidays and the added pressures of Christmas for struggling families. This year is looking especially challenging for the people we support, with many facing increased hardship, lost jobs, or no recourse to public funds.
Can you help us be here for our Newham community this December? With your help, we'll provide our foodbank guests with a hot takeaway Christmas lunch, including turkey with all the trimmings and alternatives for vegetarian diets. And if we raise enough, we'll be able to provide some sweet treats and a small gift too!
We invite you to drop off sweet treats to our community centre such as Christmas puddings, Christmas cake, mince pies, yule logs, boxes of chocolates and sweets, shortbread and biscuit selections.
You can drop your items at The Well, 49 Vicarage Lane E6 6BT from 9.30am to 5.30pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays until 22 December. Our centre is Covid-safe with a donation station in the lobby where you can drop and go.
Please check that any items you buy and drop off have a best before date of January or later. Unfortunately we can’t accept fresh or frozen food, or alcohol.
Alternatively, you can donate money online securely on this page. We appreciate some people will find it more convenient to donate online, and for food safety reasons, we have to purchase some fresh items ourselves. Your gift will really help us to provide the turkey and trimmings!
"You treated me with compassion. Now I’m giving something back!”
Maruf lives near our Community Centre. His family, including a wife and two young children, have lived in London for more than ten years and have a legal right to remain. Despite working and his children being born here, their immigration status contains a ‘no recourse to public funds’ (NRPF) condition. This means they are not allowed to access healthcare or emergency welfare support. He therefore visited us for an emergency food parcel when his job ended abruptly during lockdown.
Maruf was so happy to get help that he decided to volunteer with us every week after his visit – even while fasting for Ramadan – and we committed to providing support for his family for as long as they need it. He says: “I’m so grateful for the way your team treated us with dignity and compassion and now I’m able to give something back to the community by volunteering!”
We are so grateful for your support. We also know that times are tough for many so if you are not in a position to give, we completely understand. You can always help by sharing our campaign instead!
Bonny Downs Community Association launched its foodbank in 2013, serving East Ham and the surrounding areas of Newham, which has the highest number of children living in poverty of any London borough and the highest rate of homelessness in the country.
We are proud to be part of both the Trussell Trust network and Newham Food Alliance. You can read more about out our foodbank, our poverty response work and other projects on our website bonnydowns.org
We will use donations to provide a special Christmas takeaway lunch at our foodbank in December, along with sweet treats and a small gift. In the event that we raise more than we need, we will allocate any excess to our regular foodbank activities, supporting Newham people in need throughout the year.
BDCA is a registered company limited by guarantee number 3625785. We are a registered charity number 1071625. Registered office: The Well Community Centre, 49 Vicarage Lane, East Ham, London E6 6DQ.