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September 10, 2019

Six-year-old Pearse Coyne has just sold lots of his toys and donated half the profits to Hackney Food Bank.

He used the money to buy a trailer full of food for people experiencing poverty.

His mum Anne said: “We’d talked a lot about poverty and about how unfair it is that some families are struggling to afford food.  So, when it came to having a clear out of toys, he was keen to sell them and help o...

July 16, 2019

(The team at Hackney Foodbank) 

Residents with severe mental health problems are being thrown on the scrapheap and left to a downward spiral of poverty under the new Universal Credit system.

That’s the verdict of the team at Hackney Foodbank who say poverty is the worst they’ve ever known it – they say most of the people going hungry and struggling to pay rent are those with conditions like depressi...

April 9, 2019

Volunteers are needed to help serve families at Hackney Food Bank’s lunch club this Easter Holidays. They are also appealing for food donations. 

School holidays are tough for families experiencing poverty who, without the help of free school lunches, are faced with an extra meal to provide each day.

So the Food Bank runs a lunch club at the Florence Bennett Centre on weekdays to make sure locals do...

November 7, 2018

Demand for Hackney Foodbank could surge by up to 50 per cent over the next year, due in part to the recent rollout of Universal Credit.

Statistics announced by the Trussell Trust reveal that in areas that have had full Universal Credit for a year or more, foodbanks have seen a 52 per cent average increase in demand, compared to an increase of 13 per cent in areas without Universal Credit. 

The timin...

August 4, 2018

There is an urgent appeal from The Hackney Foodbank who are running out of even basic supplies. Other local food banks are also in need. Please see details of how you can help below.

In addition we will donate £5 worth of food to the local Foodbank for every new member joining the Local Buyers Club between now and August 18th, 2018. Click HERE (membership costs £12)

Food bank demand often spikes dur...

May 24, 2018

In the face of tremendous adversity and ever-worsening local poverty, Hackney Foodbank is providing a vital lifeline for thousands of people.

What are the issues?

The rising cost of living, stagnating and sometimes falling wages, less job stability, changes to benefits and soaring private rents are causing people in our community to go hungry.

In 2017 Hackney Foodbank dependency increased by 24%.  Of...

January 11, 2018

Local food banks have been able to provide the equivalent to more than 1,500 meals for residents in poverty thanks to campaigning by the Local Buyers Club.

The discount card, which promotes local and independent businesses, has donated a share of its profits to buy supplies for Hackney Food Bank, set up new permanent drop-off points for the community to donate food and, with its sister company Stok...

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