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!
Register for the Food Bank
Our Foodbank service has only been going for a couple of weeks, but is already having a huge impact on the local community (and wider).
Thanks to Phil and all the volunteers who are making regular visits and doorstep deliveries.
Foodbank – this service has begun in earnest, Phil and his volunteers are now getting FREE food parcels to residents in the local area. We are flexible with regards to who we can help. If you fit the following criteria, please fill in our registration form.
- Self Isolation due to symptoms
- Isolation due to vulnerable or shielded status
- Income reduction because of lockdown & crisis measures
- Income reduction while waiting for benefits to arrive
CGCC Food Bank Newsletter
Keep updated with the latest news from the Food Bank
Can you help the Covent Garden Food Bank?
85% of CGCC’s income was from room hire, events, catering & bar sales. 45% of Dragon Hall’s income was from room hire, training & hosting rehearsals
That income is gone
Even when the lockdown is over the need for the food bank will not go away overnight.
To survive & help our community we have to cover the monthly costs
- Rent & Service Charges £3,700 per month
- Food Bank Manager & Volunteer Co-ordinator £2,900 per month
- Utilities £1,200 per month
Total £7,800 per month
We also need…
A Fridge Freezer, supplies of food & ready meals, hygiene products, volunteers, transport, delivery bags, PPE – gloves & masks, cleaning products, hand sanitiser & more hours in the day…