The North Paddington Foodbank is doing fantastic work to support those in need across the north of Westminster at this critical time. Westminster Labour has been working with the foodbank for years, holding regular collection drives and at this time a number of our members are helping them at this time of crisis, particularly Cllr Patricia McAllister.
The foodbank has faced a massive increase in demand at a time when it has been ever more difficult to rely on food donations and access to supermarkets is difficult. Thanks to the hard work of the foodbank team they have, for now, been able to find direct suppliers for some of the supplies they need, which needs to be paid for directly.
Westminster Labour Councillors in North Westminster have agreed that any underspend in their 2019/20 ward budgets (the Council’s funding pot for small projects in each ward) should be used to support the foodbank. Three wards had underspend and were able to assist, led by Maida Vale ward councillors who were able to provide £14,953.53; Harrow Road supported with £5,171.96 and Westbourne gave its remaining £309.58 for a total grant of £20,435.07.
We are grateful for Council officers and the Cabinet Member expediting the approval process so that much needed funds could be paid upfront and immediately.
If members of the public are able to help the foodbank or are in need of emergency support please see the information here: https://www.npfoodbank.org.uk/
Westminster Labour Group Leader Cllr Adam Hug said: “The North Paddington Foodbank has always done vital work for those most in need in our community and it is doing amazing work supporting people at this terrible time. If residents are able to help the foodbank in anyway please do get in touch and Labour will continue to urge Westminster Council to find further ways to assist their work.”