There are a number of food banks and food distribution services in the London Borough of Ealing; as well as food bank collection points.
Some existed before the Coronavirus crisis, others are in development or have stepped up their services or extended their criteria to help more people at this time, and in particular, vulnerable members of the community and those suffering hardship.
If you hear about any services not listed here - please email us and tell us about them so we can list them here and help more people.
You can also email or call the Family Information Service if you are in urgent need of help and cannot find what you are looking for in these pages. Email email@example.com or call 020 8825 5588 (Mon-Fri, 9am to 5pm).
Salma Food bank was started in memory of Salma Parveen by her sons.
Although Salma Food Bank originated and is based in Smethwick, West Midlands - they now cover parts of West London helping vulnerable individuals and families in crisis through the provision of emergency food supplies while a longer-term solution is developed, with a open door policy to who ever needs food.
SERVICE OFFER DURING COVID-19 CRISIS
There is a limited service during the COVID19 outbreak, supplying people with families and the elderly until further notice.
Tel: 07767 164 246 (Mon-Fri, 10 am to 12 pm)
Visit www.salma-foodbank.org for more information.
Visit their donation page if you would like to donate food.
Follow their Facebook page to keep up-to-date and see their videos.
To make use of Ealing Foodbank, during the COVID-19 period you will need a referral. Referrals can be made by your job centre worker, social worker, local welfare assistance team or other professional you are working with. Click here to find out more. If you do not have a professional that you are working with, you can contact the Ealing Family Information Service 020 8825 firstname.lastname@example.org , who can make a referral on your behalf. As you won't be able to physically collect a voucher - a voucher code will be issued to you by the person making the referral.
Once you have your voucher code, you can drop in to collect your food parcel. If you are unable to collect it in person, you can nominate a named person to collect it for you (they will need to bring your voucher with them and show a form of identity).
If you cannot collect and there is nobody to collect for you - a delivery can be arranged.
St Mellitus Hall
1 Church Road, Hanwell, W7 3BB
Open for donations only 10am-4pm
Office hours: Monday – Friday 10 am – 4.30 pm (calls and emails only)
Christmas opening hours
All centres will be closed on Friday 25 Dec, Monday 28 Dec and Friday 1 Jan and closed for donations on Wednesday 23 and 30 Dec
Open at St Mellitus on Saturday 26th Dec and Saturday 2nd Jan (as well as Tuesdays and Thursdays)
St Anselm in Southall - booked collections only
What to expect when you arrive:
When you arrive at the foodbank, you’ll be greeted by a volunteer who will take your voucher. To ensure the safety of everyone, only volunteers will be allowed onto the premises. The volunteer will ask if you can eat meat (including pork), or would prefer a fish or vegetarian option. We usually give more choice than this, however this is no longer possible due to the social distancing guidelines.
From there, the volunteers will pack your food parcel and give it to you.
Contact numbers are:
020 8840 9428
Visit our website for more information.
Ealing Soup Kitchen is a registered charity set up to help vulnerable and homeless people in the area. The charity offers a drop-in service on a Friday where people can shower, get a haircut, have a cup of tea, get help with understanding benefits, letters from the council and filling in forms.
DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS the charity is extending its reach to support anyone who is vulnerable or in need, providing ‘takeaway’ hot meals from outside the following locations on these days and times:
St Johns Church
Ealing W13 9LA
Saturday and Sunday 3:30-5pm (including Easter weekend)
The Salvation Army
8 Leeland Road
Ealing W13 9HH
Tel: 020 8566 3507
Update November 2020
All residents who are over 60 or clinically vulnerable, clinically extremely vulnerable or have been told to self-isolate by Test and Trace and are worried about how you will source food and essentials, can call the council’s Ealing Together helpline on 020 8825 7170 for advice. We may be able to help with securing an online delivery slot or putting you in touch with local volunteers who can collect your shopping you have paid for on your behalf. We can also provide support if you are in financial crisis and cannot pay for food
Update August 2020
The Government’s shielding advice has changed , from 1st August shielding will be paused. Instead, the Government is advising the adoption of strict social distancing rather than full shielding measures. This is because Government believes that the risk is reduced due to lower levels of coronavirus in the community.
Find out more about strict social distancing and the support available to people who were shielding.
Ealing Together food parcels will also stop. If you have been told to self-isolate by Test and Trace and you are worried about how you will source food/essentials, call the council for advice on 020 8825 7170. We may be able to help with securing an online food delivery slot or putting you in touch with local volunteers who can collect the shopping you have paid for on your behalf.
Residents in financial crisis who cannot pay for food can also call 020 8825 7170. They will be able to put you in touch with the Local Welfare Assistance team who can provide support and advice on benefit entitlements, debt advice and jobs and skills. They can also arrange a referral to Ealing Foodbank if required.
Ealing Together is a collaboration between local community and voluntary groups, Ealing Council and other public services and concerned residents that want to help.
More than 500 people have stepped forward to volunteer and the group are now working hard to match people’s offers with the jobs that need to be done. Recuritment is temporarily on hold; but it is highly likely that they will need more volunteers in the coming weeks.
Part of the work being done is to offer a contact service where residents can request help in getting food if they are vulnerable and struggling or those who are self-isolating:
- Help with shopping delivery
- Help with buying food and shopping delivery
- Crisis payment to pay for food only
To apply please complete the form at the bottom of their Help For Residents page.
Visit www.ealingtogether.org to find out more about this initiative whether you need help or would like to volunteer or donate.
You can also visit Ealing Together's Community Support Directory which contains information on volunteer groups and other services in your local area
Ealing Children's Centres working with Ealing Food Bank have set up 7 food bank collection points around the borough, with days and times of opening.
If you would like to donate food, please download the latest shopping list from the right hand side of this page.
As a general guidance, food must be in tins, cartons or packets and be non-perishable and not need refrigeration. Good examples are:
- Long life milk
- Powdered milk
- Tined food including beans, pulses
- Tinned fruit
- Jars of jam or honey
- Pasta sauces
- Cereal boxes
- Packet or tinned soup
Opening Times: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 11 am to 2 pm
These are the 7 locations:
Southall Park Children's Centre
Limetrees Children’s Centre
Islip Manor Children’s Centre
Perivale Children’s Centre
Hanwell Children’s Centre
Grange Children's Centre
Acton Park Children’s Centre
Enquiries to Bernie Dunne
020 8825 5380
Acton Homeless Concern is a local charity, providing take away meals to all those in need during the coronavirus outbreak at the following location on these days and times.
Acton Homeless Concern
1 Berrymead Gardens,
Acton W3 8AA.
Tel: 020 8992 5768
The staff and young people of Bollo Brook Youth Centre are working with The Felix Project to sort and distribute essential food parcels to vulnerable residents in the area.
The centre is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1pm for donations of food and bags for life. Collections can be arranged for larger donations.
The food is sorted by the young people from Bollo Brook youth centre, working carefully to respect social distancing rules and distributed to more than 250 people; mainly older residents, single mums on low budgets and those with health conditions.
Watch the video on the right hand side of this page to hear from volunteers involved in the project.
Bollo Brook Youth Centre
Bollo Bridge Road
If your child normally receives free school meals, they will be offered vouchers to buy food at supermarkets (participating in the free school meal scheme), food packages or meals, to ensure they continue receiving this support even if they are not at school due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Find out more about the Free School Meals scheme.