It’s been a busy year so far at Clapham Park Foodbank. We saw sustained high demand in 2018 and 2017. 2019 looks to be no different.
- In the first six months of 2019, we fed 960 people, of which 250 were children.
- The most common reason for a visit to our Foodbank was Low Income (41% of clients). Benefit Changes and Benefit Delays accounted for 38% of visits.
- Most of the people who needed us live within two miles of the Foodbank. The majority came from Clapham, Balham, Brixton Hill and Streatham.
- People like you donated over 6250kg of food and toiletries – thank you!
Looking at our statistics in more depth, it is clear than demand is rising. Compared to financial year 2016-17, the number of referrals due to low income have more than doubled. Visits due to benefit delays have also increased by nearly 50% since 2016-17.
Our month-by-month tracker of persons fed shows this change too. In May 2014, we fed 80 people children. In May this year, we met the needs of 176.
It isn’t all about the numbers, it’s about the people who need us most too. People like Jane (name changed), a young mother who visited our Foodbank to avoid skipping meals, or Michael, who needed to use our Foodbank due to issues with paying rent after an accident forced him out of work.
It’s a sad fact that our Foodbank exists, and whilst we hope that one day no one needs us; we will continue to support as many local people as possible.
With your help, we can continue to help people in crisis. Find out how you can get involved here.