This week Olympia London says a fond farewell to Hammersmith & Fulham Foodbank that has been running a distribution centre to help those in need from the venue during the pandemic.
Hammersmith & Fulham Foodbank has found a new home in the neighbourhood in Fulham where they will continue their great work.
The foodbank exceeded its normal annual food parcel numbers in just three months since moving operations to Olympia London. Between April and June, it distributed 16,300 food parcels compared to 12,000 in the whole of the last financial year. To put it into perspective, during its stay at the venue the foodbank fed the equivalent to 20,000 people. This represents over 200,000 meals as each parcel contains enough provision for 10 meals and it’s also accompanied by fresh fruit, vegetables, bread and cheese.
Donations and a team of over 100 dedicated volunteers who have been working tirelessly, helped to respond to the increased demand caused by the Covid-19 outbreak.
Founder and CEO Daphine Aikens said: “We really enjoyed working at Olympia London. Everyone has been so lovely and helpful making sure everything worked for us – we know people by name now! We couldn’t have done what we did and scaling up operations without the space we were offered at the venue. Whilst I believe we’ll still see the impact of Covid-19 further in the year, things are now going a bit quieter, which is a good sign. But we’ll continue our operations in neighbouring Fulham and help those who need it the most in the community.”
To volunteer, visit Hammersmith & Fulham Community Aid Network website.
*Image credit: Justin Thomas - Hammersmith & Fulham Council