Councillor Maggie Carman and foodbank collectors
Councillor Maggie Carman and foodbank collectors

Councillor Maggie Carman, Karen Buck and local Councillors were with North Paddington Foodbank volunteers, making collections at Waitrose on Saturday 9th November.  Hundreds of generous donations from kind-hearted Bayswater  and Lancaster Gate shoppers.

The North Paddington Foodbank (NPFB) was started in 2014 by a group of local professionals and residents who had directly experienced or provided support to those experiencing hardship in North Westminster and saw the need for an organisation to provide short-term support. Using financial and food donations from across the community, the food bank aims to provide at least 3 days worth of food to a household.

NPFB was started as a voluntary endeavour, which is still reliant upon volunteers from any and all backgrounds to help carry out its service, with 40-60 volunteers currently active. By 2015, the need was rising enough to warrant the employment of a manager for 3-days a week. An admin assistant was added in February 2017, whilst the manager’s position became full-time in August 2018. Over this period, the number of people needing the food bank rose at an average of 100% year-on-year, to now, where NPFB gave food and essentials to 6-7,000 people in the last 12 months (January 2019).

You can make a regular donation to North Paddington Foodbank here https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/donation-web/charity?charityId=1015159&stop_mobi=yes

And a big ‘Thank You’ to Waitrose and their staff!

Karen Buck with Councillor Rita Begum, Angela Piddock and Councillor Patricia McAllister
Karen Buck with Councillor Rita Begum, Angela Piddock and Councillor Patricia McAllister
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