Hackney is the second most densely populated borough of London with a population of 281,100. In 2015, Hackney’s average score (based on LSOAs) made it the 11th most deprived local authority district in England. And, in both the 2007 and 2010 Indices of Deprivation, Hackney ranked as the second most deprived local authority in the country.
Hackney Foodbank is part of the Trussell Trust, with a network of 428 foodbanks that operate up and down the country. Since opening, Hackney Foodbank has provided the ingredients for more than 100,000 meals to local people in financial crisis. They are a voluntary organisation that relies on the donations of the local community. They work with over 200 local partners and are supported by countless more community organisations.
Why it matters
From 2019 to 2020, 1.9 million food parcels were provided to people in crisis up and down the UK. Over that 12 month period, there was a 50% increase in people using foodbanks. The pandemic has had a devastating economic impact and as a result, more people than ever are out of work. Record numbers of people now left with no choice but to use foodbanks, putting additional pressure on charities.
The past year has been hard on us all. Hackney Foodbank is such an important cause with countless families in our communities left struggling. A donation of £1000 can buy a lot of food, and we are hopeful it will be able to help many during this difficult time.