Food banks feed 1,600 people in Newham in a year

07:00 27 June 2014

Pupils and staff at Curwen Primary School with food donations they have collected for the Newham food bank

Pupils and staff at Curwen Primary School with food donations they have collected for the Newham food bank


More than 1,600 people in Newham were forced to rely on food banks last year, as charities warn of a rise in resort to emergency food across London.

The figure, which includes 677 children, was revealed in a report by food aid charities that totalled up the number of people in London who used emergency food aid for three days.

Oxfam, Church Action on Poverty and The Trussell Trust say the major food aid outlets provided more than 20million meals nationally over the year, a 54 per cent increase on the figure of 13million for the previous 12 months.

The charities are calling for the government to urgently draw up an action plan to reverse the tide of food poverty and conduct urgent research into the extent and causes of the problem.

Oxfam chief executive Mark Goldring said: “Food banks provide invaluable support for families on the breadline, but the fact they are needed in 21st century Britain is a stain on our national conscience.

“We truly are living through a tale of two Britains. While those at the top of the tree may be benefiting from the green shoots of economic recovery, life on the ground for the poorest is getting tougher.”

Chris Mould, chairman of The Trussell Trust, said: “These figures are just the tip of the iceberg of UK food poverty, which is a national disgrace.

“The troubling reality is that there are also thousands more people struggling with food poverty who have no access to food aid, or are too ashamed to seek help.”

For more information visit

Read more:

East London health Trust notches up 1000th volunteer


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Newham Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Newham Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Newham Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Newham News Stories


A chief executive of a homeless charity has urged MPs to turn up and vote in favour of a bill to reduce homelessness this friday.

House of Commons

Part stand-up, part TED talk and part social commentary, Muvvahood is not the usual cultural view of single mums, according to its creator.


Police investigating crowd violence at West Ham’s London Stadium have this morning released images of seven men they want to speak to.

Thames Magistrates' Court

The House of Commons justice committee said last week that there were “serious” problems with the diversity of magistrates and that they needed to be “far more representative”.

House of Commons

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news


Show Job Lists


Cosmetics, toiletries, vitamins and more. Boots is the number one choice when it comes to purchasing daily essentials.

Read more

If you’re obsessed with Apple or just love a good gadget, this is a prize that will blow you away! An incredible £3,333 to spend on Apple goodies! How would you like to be the proud new owner of the Apple Watch?

Read more

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Newham Recorder
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now