Wandsworth Foodbank

ABC Selfstore in Wandsworth have held several collections for the Wandsworth Foodbank which have been a huge success. Wandsworth Foodbank provides emergency food and support to people in crisis across the Wandsworth Borough.

3250 people received three days’ emergency food from Wandsworth foodbank in 2014-15, compared to 2461 in 2013-14

Over 104,000 people helped by Trussell Trust foodbanks in London during last year Over 1,000,000 people received three days’ emergency food from Trussell Trust foodbanks nationwide in 2014-15, compared to 900,000 in 2013-14.

Faculty of Public Health supports Trussell Trust's call to listen to the experiences of people in crisis in order to reduce poverty and hunger in the UK.

3250 people received three days’ emergency food from Wandsworth foodbank in 2014-15, compared to 2461 in 2013-14'.

The latest figures published by the Trussell Trust nationally show that over 1,000,000 people have received at least three days’ emergency food from the charity’s foodbanks in the last twelve months, more than in any previous year. The data indicates that despite signs of economic recovery, the numbers of people turning to foodbanks continues to grow.

How Trussell Trust foodbanks work

  • Trussell Trust foodbanks provide three days' nutritionally balanced food and support to people in crisis in the UK. We also signpost people to other agencies and services able to help resolve the underlying cause of the crisis. As part of the charity’s More Than Food approach, many foodbanks also host additional services like debt/financial advice, holiday lunch and breakfast clubs. Read more on new pilot debt advice service.
  • Everyone who comes to a Trussell Trust foodbank is referred by a professional such as a social worker, health visitor or schools liaison officer. Over 30,000 professionals referred people to Trussell Trust foodbanks in 2014-15, and 50 percent are statutory agencies.
  • Over 90 percent of food given out by Trussell Trust foodbanks is donated by the public.
  • The Trussell Trust is a Christian charity that runs the biggest network of foodbanks in the UK. For more on The Trussell Trust visit.

Trussell Trust statistics

Trussell Trust statistics are collected using an online data collection system into which foodbanks enter the data from each foodbank voucher. The system records the number of adults and children given three days' emergency food. Trussell Trust figures have always been reported in this way. We cannot measure unique users on a national scale, but recent detailed evidence collected from a range of foodbanks indicates that on average 49 percent of foodbank users only needed one foodbank voucher in a year, and that only 15 percent needed help more than three times in a year.

On average, people needed two foodbank vouchers in a year. Trussell Trust data collection seeks to comply with ONS guidance. The Trussell Trust receives technical advice from a former senior government statistician.

The Trussell trust publishes figures on use of their foodbanks annually and half yearly, as part of a regular publication scheme.

  • 'Benefit delays' refer to people not receiving benefits to which they are entitled on time, this category can also include problems with processing new claims, or any other time lags in people receiving their welfare payments.
  • 'Benefit changes' refers to the problems resulting from a change in people's welfare payments, for example, people having their benefits stopped whilst they are reassessed. This can also include a sanction.
  • 'Low income' refers to anyone who is struggling to get by on a low income. This could be people in work, or people on benefits, for whom a small crisis e.g. boiler breaking down or having to buy school uniform etc, can be enough to mean that they cannot afford food.