Where can I access emergency food?
Darul Ummah Covid-19 Hub
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Darul Ummah Hub is helping those who are elderly and vulnerable through delivering shopping, medication, hot food and befriending. At the moment it is mainly for Tower Hamlets Homes residents however we will try and accommodate other residents where possible.
Below is a list of contact details for foodbanks distributing food parcels to families in severe need.
St Matthew’s Bethnal Green: The Bethnal Green Food Bank is open the 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month, from 10am-12pm, at St Matthew’s Church. Referrals are not necessary. Deliveries are available.
St Matthew's Row, Bethnal Green, London E2 6DT
First Love Foundation. Offering deliveries to vulnerable individuals who are self-isolating or experiencing income shock. Fill out advance referral form https://firstlovefoundation.typeform.com/to/fmNvNC
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St Dunstan’s Church Foodbank, Stepney: Open for provision and donations. Provided staff remain well it will be open Tuesday 10-4pm, Wednesday 10-4pm, Thursday 10-4pm, Friday 10-4pm Saturday 10-3pm. If you would like to request a delivery call 0207702.
St Dunstan’s and All Saints, Stepney, Stepney High St, London E1 0NR,
Bow Church Foodbank: Remains open to all in need (no referrals necessary) every Monday between 9.30-12.30am. Packs of 10 items will be distributed to households in need, currently no capacity for home deliveries.
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Want to support our local foodbanks?
Click here to find out more information about volunteering, and here for ways to donate.
For more information about emergency food provision in Tower Hamlets, download this guide put together by the Tower Hamlets Food Partnership.
Free School Meals
All children who would normally receive Free School Meals, will continue to be catered for during Covid-19, either by receiving a weekly food bag, or a supermarket voucher.
As announced by the Department for Education on Tuesday 31 March, children eligible for free school meals will benefit from a national voucher scheme allowing them to continue to access meals whilst they stay at home, including over the Easter holiday.
Schools can now provide every eligible child with a weekly shopping voucher worth £15 to spend at supermarkets while schools are closed due to coronavirus.
Your school will provide you with a voucher that can be redeemed at the following.
Once you have received your voucher, you will be able to redeem them in store at the selected retailer by either:
presenting the voucher on a smartphone or tablet
presenting a paper copy of the voucher
Marion Richardson, and Blue Gate Fields Infant and Junior school will continue to provide a foodbag to eligible pupils. For more information see: https://www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/lgnl/health__social_care/health_and_medical_advice/Coronavirus/Schools/Free_school_meals.aspx
If you are in urgent need of support, and are not able to access vouchers, fill our the Tower Hamlets self-referral form or call 020 7364 3030 (Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm; Saturday, 10am to 5pm; Sunday, 10am to 4pm).
If you are self-isolating and struggling to get out to buy food, click here for a list of local suppliers who will do door to door deliveries.
Why not also have a look at Dishpatch. It's an online directory that allows you to search for local independent food and drink suppliers that offer a delivery service.
The site is easy to use. Simply enter your postcode and the type of produce you’re looking for and you'll see a list of retailers who operate in your area.
There’s a lot going on at the moment, but one of the things that is making people anxious is how they will do their shopping. Aishah help have put together a project for residents of Tower Hamlets that are 65+ years, have underlying health issues and in isolation due to COVID-19.
If you are 65+ years, have underlying health issues that make you vulnerable and you require a food parcel click on the link below to register.
020 8088 7650