As part of Lewisham Local’s coordinated community response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are in touch with community food projects supporting people in their local communities, coordinating a food network to provide support and guidance during this time.
Lewisham Local has set up a central giving fund to support local food banks and food projects we are working with that are meeting the needs of vulnerable people negatively impacted by Covid-19.
Below is a list of local projects who need support to meet the increasing demand for food provision. Please note that a listing is not necessarily an endorsement.
Items including food and personal hygiene items can be donated at Costcutter and Brook Pharmacy (both on Chinbrook Road) Grove Park to be distributed to local households as part of fortnightly food parcels. More info about ChART’s work can be found here.
Provide food and basic essentials for people in need in the local community. People can self-refer but do need to register with the Centre upon arrival. Contact: 02086130172, Grove Children’s Centre, Kirkdale, Sydenham, SE26 6BB. They accept donations on Wednesdays including nappies, toiletries, sanitary products and treats for children. Currently very short of: size 5 nappies, toiletries-toothpaste, showergel, pasta, rice cereal and long life milk.
You can donate to their fundraiser here.
Based at the Evelyn Community Centre, Kingfisher Square, SE8 5TW this is a people’s supermarket ran by residents for residents. They provide residents with food for a small membership charge.
They are particularly in need of non-perishables such as: beans, spaghetti, tinned vegetables, also any cereal, sauces, long life milk. Donations accepted from 12pm on Fridays and on Tuesdays when there is someone in the store.
You can donate to support their project via their Crowdfunding page.
Feed the Hill
Working with Bold Vision and the Station Café, Telegraph Hill Centre (Kitto Road, SE14 5TY) Feed the Hill deliver food boxes to local housebound people in the local area. They are fundraising to provide healthy food boxes for people who can’t afford to pay. Donate to their fundraiser here. Read their story here.
Legendary Community Club, which was named by Chevrington Odoh from the Pro Plus FC, is a grassroots project set up by some members of Lewisham Mutual Aid and local organisations. Our aim is to deliver emergency food provision to ensure that children do not miss out, for as long as there is a need by setting up temporary food banks for families in need of support during the school holidays, and kitchens to provide balanced meals for children during the holidays.
The LewCAS foodbank serves refugees and Asylum seekers on Tuesday mornings at St John’s Church 11am-1pm. The main items we need are: UHT milk, tinned tuna in oil, corned beef, rice 1kg, sugar, oil, tinned sweetcorn, tinned tomatoes, bars of soap, razors. Any donations can be dropped at St John’s vicarage (2 St John’s Vale SE8 4EA) at anytime. Contact Peter 07786160993 or website https://www.lewcas.org.uk/
Lewisham Food Bank is a lead partner in Lewisham’s coordinated response to the Covid-19 crisis. They are providing emergency food parcel requests via Lewisham Local’s helpline and referral form.
Donations can be taken directly to the Hope Centre, Malham Road, Forest Hill SE23 1AN 9am-5pm Monday-Friday. Please check Lewisham Food Bank’s website for a full list of alternative donation drop-off locations. Donate here to Lewisham Food Bank’s Covid-19 Crisis appeal to support their work.
The Bia Project, in partnership with Catford Fridge and Wheels to Wellbeing provides healthy cooked meals and is delivered to self-isolating members of the Community Centre or vulnerable adults nearby. You can donate to their project here.
LWCC Food Service has resumed with a delivery service (only) to the following post code areas: SE4, SE6, SE13, SE14, SE23 and SE26.
To donate food contact: Lwccfoodservice@gmail.com and 07783441973 (SMS preferred) to arrange or donate to their fundraiser.
The L&Q food bank receives and sorts deliveries on Wednesdays and distributes food between 12pm and 3.30pm on Thursdays at the Lewington Community Centre, 9 Eugenia Road, SE16 2RU.
Community Action Centre, 199-201 Grove Street, London, SE8 3PG. Newly opened, this is another people’s supermarket ran by residents for residents. They provide residents with food for a small membership charge.
They need: flour, rice, pasta, fresh fruits, oil, condiments, baking products, sweet potatoes, sugar, nappies. They are also looking for puzzles, quiz books, colouring books and crafts and board games to support vulnerable families.
Deliver directly to the Store after 10am on Fridays or to the 2000 Community Action Centre on Thursdays & Fridays 10.30am-3pm.
Donate to their crowdfunder.
A volunteer-run refugee, migrant and asylum seeker COVID-19 community aid and food delivery network in South East London that has emerged during the crisis. They distribute essential food, sanitary products, toiletries and electronics to vulnerable people and those who have no recourse to public funds. We are collecting food on behalf of clients from Lewisham Churches for Asylum Seekers and Lewisham Refugee and Migrant Network.
We are currently accepting donations every Sunday from 1pm – 4pm at 18 Leegate, Lee Green, SE12 8SS: access at back: (turn at the car wash on Burnt Ash Rd, just past Sainsbury’s. However, we are happy to collect large donations ourselves at other times if that would be more convenient for any businesses or individuals who would like to donate regularly or in bulk. Our team of volunteers is happy to collect any donations. Contact email@example.com to donate or via their Go Fund Me page. Please do get in touch if you would like to help or if you have any questions about our work
Salvation Army Catford are providing food parcels and help with utilities to people in need. They are based at:
23-25 Brownhill Road, Catford, SE6 2HE, United Kingdom.
You can donate here. Donations given go directly to helping us provide food and other practical assistance to someone in need in the Lewisham Borough.
A new food bank delivering food parcels and a frozen meals in the SE4 area. To support the food bank with a financial donation, visit their website.
To donate fresh or non-perishable food items, please come to drop things off at the South entrance of St Peter’s building, every Monday from 12:00 – 4:00 pm. For more information, or to volunteer visit their website.
The Life Giving Project
This food bank, ran by the Christ Embassy Church, is open to accept donations on Saturdays from 10.30am to 1pm, at the Pepys Resource Centre, Strand, Deptford, SE8 3BA. They particularly need non-perishables, but also potatoes, onions and fresh fruit and vegetables.
UCKG Soup Kitchen
The Soup kitchen are short of the following for their Saturday food parcel service at the Soup Kitchen: They particularly need: soup, beans and pulses, fish, meat, pasta, sanitary items, shower gel, soap. Donations can be taken to 1 Bromley Road Catford, SE6 2TS, Mon, Wed, Thur, Friday. 02086983612.
We Care Foodbank
Based in Deptford but providing London-wide support through mutual aid support networks. We Care aims to feed everyone that comes to them in crisis, and works with refugee support networks throughout London providing food and other essential services.
We Care operates through the Kath Duncan Equality and Civil Rights Network. You can donate food to the We Care base 14 Lind Street SE8 4JE. You can also donate via their crowdfunding page. More info can be found on their website, facebook, twitter
Whitefoot & Downham Community Food + Project (wdcfplus) is an emergency food relief and advice support service for the local community.
Donations can be dropped off at Hope Church from 2pm to 5pm Thursdays & Brook Lane Community Church (BLCChurch), 27-29 Brook Lane, Bromley BR1 4PX Monday-Friday 10am to 6pm. Donations are also a accepted at St Barnabas Church, The Vicarage, 1 Churchdown BR1 5PS, but phone to arrange drop-off beforehand. (020 8698 0283). They particularly need: Toilet Rolls, sanitary towels, Tea, Coffee, Sugar, longlife milk, Pasta, Pasta Sauce, Rice, Cereal, Jam, Tinned Fish.
Financial donations can support the project here: https://localgiving.org/charity/wdcfplus/
Donations needed by food banks
Specific requests may vary but generally all projects always need the following:
- Milk (UHT or powdered)
- Sugar (500g)
- Fruit juice (carton)
- Tea bags and instant coffee
- Tinned meat and fish
- Tinned fruit
- Pasta sauces
- Tinned pulses, such as lentils, beans, chickpeas
- Instant mashed potato
- Tomatoes (tinned)
- Rice pudding (tinned)
- Rice, pasta and couscous
- Biscuits, snack bars
- nuts and fried fruit – especially during Ramadan
- Sponge pudding (tinned)
- Vegetables (tinned)
- Custard (tinned)
- Sanitary products
- Washing Powder
- Toilet Paper
You can also donate to Lewisham Local’s central giving fund supporting local organisations providing vital support at this time.