Our second-busiest April ever as local Food Stops provide much-needed extra support

As the result of everyone’s generous donations, we were able to deliver food for 2,556 meals for 284 clients and family members facing hardship in Purley, South Croydon, Coulsdon and Waddon last month.

It was our second busiest April since the Food Hub started in 2013, and took us past 13,500 meals provided in the first four months of the year.

During the month we continued to direct some of our longer-term clients on to Purley and Monks Hill Food Stops as their situations improved. There, clients are able to select £20-plus of fresh, chilled and frozen food for £3.50 a week.

Ticket partners who refer clients to us understand that we are an emergency food bank working at capacity with high demand.

We normally expect to deliver up to four food parcels to clients, though in cases of extreme hardship we do not insist on this limit.

Each parcel contains non-perishable food for three meals a day for three days for each person in the household.

Clients who are referred to Food Stops also get free help and advice about the benefits they are entitled to, as well as information about other places where they can go for free or discounted food.

Volunteer driver Anne (left) and daughter Charlie load food parcels into their car with help from despatcher Bhavna.