Foodbank for vulnerable families during the Christmas holidays

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15 Nov 2017

With the school Christmas holidays fast approaching, we have been reminded that for some families the school holidays can be a financially challenging time, particularly those with multiple children.

Ealing Foodbank and the School partnerships & enrichment team (SP&T) have spoken about the best way to support our most vulnerable families during this time.

Following a successful pilot during the summer holidays, Ealing Food Bank has widened the criteria to include FSM, Ever 6 pupils and any families identified as financially vulnerable that may not be eligible for FSM.

Action for schools

Schools are asked to:

  • Invite / identify targeted families, request a foodbank referral letter (see downloads), if they feel that the holiday period will significantly impact their ability to provide sufficient food for their family
  • Complete the letter and check the information is correct (name, address and number of beneficiaries in the household)
  • Print the letter onto school header paper and sign to confirm authenticity, ensuring all details are printed to include the foodbank monitoring box.

Actions for families

Families will then need to visit their nearest Foodbank. Click on the following link to view:

Ealing Foodbanks locations and opening times

Families can receive up to a maximum of two emergency food parcels during the holiday period (one a week).

The letter will expire on 31 December 2017.

Families that continue to require support will need to access a referral centre who can meet with them to discuss their long term needs.

Actions for referral agencies

If you are a referral agency and would like to become a registered voucher holder for the foodbank, please contact the Foodbank Office:

Ealing Foodbank Office - admin only
St Mellitus Hall
1 Church Rd
Hanwell
London W7 3BB
Email info@ealing.foodbank.org.uk
Tel 020 8840 9428
Office hours Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 10am - 5pm

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