Hounslow launches first community Foodbox

24-04-2013

A new food bank scheme called Hounslow Community FoodBox, has been officially launched this week by The Worshipful The Mayor of the London Borough of Hounslow Councillor Pritam Grewal and Lead Member for Education, Housing and Corporate HR Councillor Steve Curran, who devised the scheme to help those in financial crisis as a result of Government changes to benefits.

The launch event, which took place at Days Inn Hotel in Hounslow at 12pm on Friday 26th April, attracted a number of Hounslow based charities and organisations, all of whom the Foodbox organisation hope to work with. Attendees gained an understanding of the new project and how it will provide emergency supplies for local residents in crisis.

The Hounslow Community Foodbox is the first resident run Food Bank in the country with the aim of involving residents and local groups working together to prevent and relieve poverty, as well as creating new employment and work experience opportunities.

The idea for Hounslow Community FoodBox has been developed by the London Borough of Hounslow and the Hounslow Federation of Tenants and Residents Associations (HFTRA). The ASDA superstore in Hounslow is the main partner for the service and will provide a collection point for shoppers to donate non-perishable items.

Hounslow Council, HFTRA and local groups working with those in need, will help to identify families and other residents in crisis and in need of emergency food.

Distribution of the non-perishable food boxes will begin in May and will work on a voucher system, with recipients being given vouchers by FoodBox Approved Referrers which they will be able to exchange for a FoodBox.

To find out more about how the FoodBox will operate and how you can help through your organisation or as an individual, sponsor, donate or by becoming a volunteer contact Oonah.lacey@involvis.co.uk.

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