Holy Trinity Foodbank in Tottenham has been supporting its local community throughout the COVID-19 pandemic by providing an average of 300 meals to vulnerable people each week.
The Church, situated on Philip Lane in Tottenham, has been providing parcels containing a variety of food products provided through Tesco’s Community Food Connection Scheme, run in partnership with food redistribution charity FareShare.
Holy Trinity Foodbank also receives generous donations from the Felix Project, Friends of Tottenham Marshes, along with the church and its members, which help make the contributions possible.
Set up originally in 2017, Holy Trinity Foodbank team was recognised by The Mayor of Haringey, Sheila Peacock, as one of ‘Haringey’s Heroes’ for its hard work supporting locals throughout the pandemic.
Christiana Imoukhuede, Charity Lead, said: “We are all going through extremely difficult times at the moment, so it’s vitally important to show solidarity in supporting those in need.
“The food bank service we’ve been providing to vulnerable people in the area has definitely eased the burden for many, and we’re grateful to be in a fortunate enough position to help our locals.
“We hope we can continue to support the local area for as long as necessary, to alleviate food poverty in our community. No one, especially children should have to go to bed hungry.
“We are grateful to Tesco and to all our donors without whom it would be difficult to provide this service. However, demand for help is growing and we urge anyone who would like to donate to get in touch.”
Tesco Community Food Connection links stores to local charities and community groups to ensure that no good food goes to waste.
In addition to its usual supplies of surplus food to charities and community groups, Tesco has provided a further £15m of food to support charities supplied by FareShare and foodbanks that are part of the Trussell Trust’s network.
Claire De Silva, Head of Communities at Tesco, said: “We know that the Community Food Connection scheme is making a real difference to groups like Holy Trinity Church by providing a little bit of extra help in the shape of surplus food from our stores.
“This is the biggest supermarket food redistribution scheme in the UK, and we know there are more groups that could receive food for the work they carry out, so I would encourage any group that thinks it could benefit to contact FareShare, so we can help even more good causes.”
Lindsay Boswell, Chief Executive at FareShare, said: “We are incredibly thankful to Tesco for its continued support of FareShare. We work with a number of charities and community groups providing essential support to their local communities, and receiving a steady stream of food helps them to feed those who need it most.”