An update on the Enfield Foodbank
David & Alison Gray have been volunteering at the North Enfield Foodbank for the last 5 years and have provided the following report:
Nearly 500 people a month are receiving emergency food supplies from the Enfield Foodbank, and the numbers are growing.
The Foodbank, located at Lumina Way near the A10/Lincoln Road Junction, is managed by Jubilee Church and run by volunteers from a number of local churches. It is part of a national scheme under the Trussell Trust to provide food and other essential items to individuals and families in crisis. Clients need to produce a voucher from a referral agency (Job Centre, Citizens Advice Bureau, GP etc) in order to qualify for 3 days’ worth of food. The most common reasons for referral are low income or delays or changes to benefit payments. Clients can visit the foodbank up to 3 times in a 6 month period as the scheme is aimed at crisis management. Clients can also take the opportunity to talk about their situation and be signposted to other agencies for further help with issues such as debt and housing.
Foodbank relies on donations from local churches, schools and individuals and periodic collections at local supermarkets. There is a permanent collection basket in the conservatory at the Church Centre for food donations and a green collection box is available at the Sunday morning meeting, along with leaflets about which food items are most needed. If you would like to get more involved personally, we can put you in touch with the Foodbank manager.
Thank you so much for supporting this work, and please continue to do so. You are helping to make a real difference to people’s lives in Enfield.
David and Alison