Food banks in and around London have reported a surge of visits in recent weeks, with more and more families seeking help with food and essential items. Food banks are under growing pressure as they cope with an increasing demand for food amid the pandemic, especially during the current holiday season as families are struggling to put food on the table.
Following the positive response from last year’s campaign, Glenman Corporation, a Chiswick-based construction firm, are increasing their efforts by delivering food packages to 26 different food banks across London and the South East of England.
John Calvert, a Trustee and volunteer at Feltham Food Bank in Hounslow, said ‘We’re definitely seeing an increase in the need for food banks this year especially since many of the benefit schemes families were receiving have come to an end. At Feltham Food Bank, we currently work with 37 families who have been referred to us from local services and we are grateful to companies such as Glenman who are able to support our work and provide much needed food and essential items to local families.’
Glenman launched their campaign in 2020 and encouraged their office and site staff to donate supplies, including toiletries and household products, to the local food banks in the communities where they have worked. The construction company has purchased a considerable number of food items and is carrying out deliveries to local food banks across the London boroughs and towns in the South East region.
The company’s Head of Bids and Social Value, Jillian Lilico, is delighted that we are able to continue the campaign for a second year running.
“Last year, foodbank giving was new to us. This year we were more prepared! A huge thank you to all Glenman staff who have donated much needed items and taken time out of their busy days to help with the background logistics needed to make this a success. Your volunteering effort has been key to ensuring we always give back and that we continue to partner with our clients through social value, to support the most vulnerable communities near their project sites.”