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Enfield Council funds foodbank

Published Monday, 27 January 2014

Enfield Council has contributed £24,500 towards the Edmonton Foodbank to help provide food to residents who are in financial crisis.

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The money, from Enfield Council’s Residents’ Priority Fund, will go towards setting up the foodbank in Brettenham Road, providing appropriate storage facilities for the food, advertising, and other set up costs. Tesco and Asda supermarkets have contributing food for the project.

Enfield Council’s Leader, Cllr Doug Taylor and the Council’s Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources, Cllr Andrew Stafford, attended the official opening on Saturday (January 25).

Cllr Taylor, said: “I’d like to thank the volunteers for freely giving their time and for the tremendous work they do to support those less fortunate than themselves in times of crisis.

”It is completely unacceptable that families in London are going to bed hungry and we all have a moral obligation to help those worse off than ourselves.

“Enfield Council is determined to help people lift themselves out of poverty and provide emergency assistance to those in desperate need of help and support and projects such as this one play a vital role in helping families and individuals in crisis feed themselves when they may not otherwise be able to do so.

“This foodbank is in the centre of one of the most deprived parts on our borough and provides vital support to some of the most destitute members of society and I am proud that we are able to help this organisation perform this incredibly important work.”

Latest data shows that five foodbanks open in the United Kingdom every month because of economic hardship, and almost one in five families in deprived parts of London go to bed hungry, with many of those affected having young children.

The people who will benefit from the project are expected to be low income families, those who lose their jobs, homeless people and those who experience delays in receiving benefit payments as well as elderly people and families with young children.

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