Epsom & Ewell Foodbank are switching to home delivery only of emergency food from Monday 14th April
From Monday 14 April they are switching their foodbank service to home delivery only. This temporary measure is so they can continue to provide emergency food to people in crisis, in as safe a way as possible.
Although their five centres in Tadworth, Ewell, Banstead, Epsom and Leatherhead will be closed, people can still be referred to them by their nearly 150 referral partners. They are deeply committed to helping everyone who has no other means of putting food on the table, and they are glad to support them at this time.
Their referral partner will email a completed voucher to them, and they will call the person or family to arrange delivery of emergency food and essential toiletries to their doorstep.
They are currently working on a way for people who cannot afford food and are self-isolating to access foodbank’s help, but they cannot extend this to cover people who have enough money. People self-isolating who can afford to buy food but cannot leave their homes should contact their local council or local Citizens Advice for advice.
Foodbanks provide an essential emergency service for people unable to afford food. However they are stretched community charities, and they do not have capacity to provide food to people who can afford to buy the essentials but are self-isolating and have issues accessing food as a result.
Why are they switching to home delivery only?
Many people referred to them in crisis are disabled or have long-term health conditions. they want to protect them and enable them to stay safe in their homes while being able to access emergency food.
They support many families with young children, with a majority being lone parent households. They want to make accessing the foodbank more logistically possible for them through home delivery, especially as their children are at home.
They also want to protect their volunteers, staff and people needing the foodbank: minimising contact and enabling people to physical distance as much as possible while still getting the crisis help they need.
OTHER SOURCES OF CRISIS SUPPORT FOR LOCAL PEOPLE
It’s not right at any time that people are forced to use a foodbank to get the basic essentials they need. Now more than ever, Epsom & Ewell Foodbank are calling on the government and local authority to increase the vital support they can offer, to ensure all households have sufficient money for food.
IMPORTANT TELEPHONE NUMBERS
The Surrey County Council helpline for those who are in need of support at this difficult time is 0300 200 1008. The three local Borough and District Councils are also stepping up their work to support local residents who are in difficulty and they will be providing more information to people in the coming days.
And the local branches of Age Concern can help with shopping if you are of pensionable age and self-isolating:
Age Concern Epsom & Ewell – 01372 732456
Age Concern Mole Valley – 01306 899104
Age Concern Banstead – 01737 352156
A HUGE THANK YOU
Epsom & Ewell Foodbank are incredibly thankful for everyone who has given to help their neighbours in crisis recently, through the foodbank. Thank you so much.