Around Ealing February/March 2019 - Page 10

FOODBANKS ‘It can happen to anybody’ “We don’t think anyone in our community should have to face going hungry,” said the manager of the local foodbank offering emergency food and support to people in crisis. E aling Foodbank is a registered charity run by volunteers and three part-time employees. It was set up in 2013 and has centres in Acton, Hanwell, Northolt, Southall and two in Greenford; with another due to open in Ealing Broadway in February. 10 around ealing    February 2019 Janet Fletcher is its manager. She said: “People walk in with their head down and their shoulders slumped. Some even come in and sit down and burst into tears because it’s all been too much. “But at the foodbank they are treated like a human being, with dignity and respect, and are listened to. And when they leave they look a little more upright – a change is visible.” You need vouchers to use foodbanks, and to get a voucher you need to be referred. The most common types of referrals to foodbanks come from job centres and Ealing Council’s local welfare assistance service. But Ealing Foodbank actually has more than 200 referral partners, including churches, GPs and even some schools.