The Whitefoot and Downham Community Food Plus Project (wdcfplus) provides food support to those most in need. It works in our local community, similar to a food bank. But it is so much more than that! The wdcfplus aims to alleviate food poverty and build a caring community.
Originally set up when local Cllr Janet Daby (now MP for Lewisham East and patron to the wdcfplus) recognised the need in her local community. Established in one of the most deprived areas in the country, it was set up with the help of 6 local churches and runs every Thursday evening 7 – 8:30 pm. It provides food support for local people and signposts them to partner organisations able to help their situation in other ways. Since opening in October 2013, it has had over 700 individuals come through its door and has supported thousands of other local people. Some of the visitors have even gone on to become volunteers at the Food Project.
5 years strong!
Last night they recognised their 5th year anniversary, which was both a celebration of the hard work and commitment of everyone! It also included a reflective moment realising the sadness of having to have this service in London.
In the past 5 years, much has been achieved. It has an amazing team of around 50 volunteers from all walks of life. It has received tens of thousands of pounds through donations (food and money) and won the Paul Goggins Memorial prize. This was for the best civil society initiative that can demonstrate poverty reduction in a tangible way.
There is also a dedicated Steering Group made up of local volunteers: Andrew Junaid (chair), Kim Powell (vice-chair), Revd Stuart Leck, Matt Lofthouse and Martin Bredemear. They have tirelessly strived to make the Food Project the great success it is today, and have worked alongside various local organisations. These include: Parent Support Group, Phoenix Community Housing, Citizens Advice Bureau, Esther Community Enterprises, Eco Communities, local councillors surgery, Delicious most nutritious, ChART, Goldsmiths Community Centre, IAPT Lewisham, Action for Refugees in Lewisham, FareShare, Paul Rhodes Bakery, several local churches, and many more.
How can you get involved?
One of the reasons the Food Project has been a success is because of the fantastic team of volunteers. It is always looking for more people to join in and volunteer. If this is something that you could do, please get in touch: www.wdcfplus.org.uk / 020 8698 7945 / firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or you can donate to their Local Giving page: www.localgiving.org/charity/wdcfplus/. They also accept all food donations, especially cereals, rice, pasta, tinned fish/meat, long life milk.