Clapham Park Foodbank News February 2019
Record Foodbank demand in 2018 Clapham Park Foodbank saw record levels of demand in 2018. In 2018, we distributed 21,164kg in food packages, feeding 1,843 people. When asked why they needed to use the Foodbank, clients were most likely to cite low income (37%) and benefit delays or changes (30%). In 2017, we distributed just 14,643kg. The increase in demand in 2018 coincided with the rollout of Universal Credit to claimants in Lambeth in early 2018. Nationwide, Trussell Trust Foodbanks in Universal Credit areas have experienced a 50% increase in referrals compared to non-Universal Credit communities.
We met this demand with your help! To match our record year for demand, our community gave generously to the Foodbank throughout the year. In September, we received 1400kg of donations for Harvest, which we used to restock our cupboards after a busy summer. In December meanwhile, individuals and organisations pulled together to take our
Fred's Story* "I was on Job Seekers Allowance but an administrative error meant that I didn't receive my benefits. I felt terrible - like I was destitute. I was referred to the Foodbank and it was amazing. The volunteers
12 Poynders Road, Clapham Park, SW4 8NY
total donations for the year up to 19,665kg. Thanks to your overwhelming support, we were able to distribute Christmas Hampers to 70 families over the festive period. This year we particularly thank Balham Argos customers for their donations of children's toys. Our clients were able to pick toys for their children in the lead up to Christmas, for which they were incredibly grateful. were empathetic and warm - and I got my food quickly at short notice! I think the Foodbank is absolutely vital for this community. Thank you - I'd love to come back and support you when I'm back in work." * Client name changed to preserve anonymity.
Who uses our Foodbank? Many of the crises that force people to turn to our Foodbank are things that could happen to anyone. Unfortunately, too many people in our community are in urgent need of short-term and long-term support.
Who are they?
Where do our clients live?
2018 Referrals: *Light pink - 0:15 referrals Pink: 15:40 referrals Light Red:40-80 referrals Dark red: 81+ referrals
The majority of our clients live within two miles of the Foodbank. Many live in Thorton Ward, Balham and Clapham. One in four of the people we fed in 2018 were children. One in eight were children aged between five and eleven. Two in three of those who needed our Foodbank lived by themselves. One in eight were single parents.
Why do they need a Foodbank?
Benefit Changes Reduction in benefits leaves many at risk of rent arrears and food shortages.
Benefit Delays Switching onto Universal Credit leaves many with an initial delay in support. 16% of our referrals are due to benefit delays
Low Income Changes in circumstance can make day-to-day budgeting near impossible. Winter is a difficult time due to heating costs and school holidays.
How can I help?
We always welcome donations of non-perishable foodstuffs and toiletries. Check out our shopping list online to find out what we need.
We need volunteers for a range of roles in the new year. Visit our website to find out how you can help.
You can support our work financially too. Our account is at: Barclays Balham Branch. Sort code 20-21-80 account number 03645169
0208 675 7661
Clapham Park February Newsletter 2019