Covent Garden Food Bank
Partnership between: Covent Garden Community Centre @ Seven Dials club (Established 1978) & Covent Garden Dragon Hall Trust
42 Earlham Street, London WC2H 9LA
Covent Garden Food Bank opened 30th April 2020
Covent Garden Community Centre (CGCC) & Covent Garden Dragon Hall Trust deliver community activities for those who live, work & study in the Covent Garden & Soho Villages.
The Centres share staff, expertise, resources, volunteers, strategic & business planning.
How it Came Together
Lockdown started so we moved all regular services online. After School Clubs continue via Zoom & social media with phone support for young people and parents. We make daily contact with all of our older users, sort out food shopping & medicine collection for the isolated & vulnerable, share Covid-19 information, mental health support and well being advice. Within 2 weeks staff were flat out, workload more than doubled.
We are seeing real hardship & food poverty. Many residents in our areas work in hospitality & entertainment industries, are freelance or in the gig economy – many have never claimed benefits or asked for help before.
COVENT GARDEN FOOD BANK opened on 30th April 2020, just 10 days later!