Storing for a purpose – Containers 4 Sale UK shipping container used for Dagenham Food Bank
Dagenham Food Bank – emergency food for people in crisis
Containers 4 Sale UK are proud to have supplied a shipping container to a local charity that helps make a difference to local people. Dagenham Food Bank is a charity that supplies emergency food to local people in crisis and is a project seeded by The Trussell Trust. The Trussell Trust foodbank network works in partnership with local churches and organisations to bring foodbanks to communities across the UK. There are now over 380 foodbanks in the network.
How Dagenham Food Bank works
- The main way that food is donated is though ‘Supermarket Collections’. These collections engage the public at supermarkets where they are met by volunteers who give them a ‘foodbank shopping list’ and ask them to buy an extra item with their shop, which is then donated to the foodbank. Schools, churches, businesses and individuals also donate non-perishable, in-date food to the foodbank. All food given out by foodbanks is donated.
- Once collected, the food is sorted by volunteers who check it’s in date and pack it into boxes ready to be given to people in need.
- Care professionals such as doctors, health visitors, social workers, Citizens Advice Bureau staff, welfare officers, the police and proabation officers amongst others identify people in crisis and issue them with a foodbank voucher.
- Foodbank clients bring their voucher to a foodbank centre where it can be exchanged for three days supply of emergency food. Volunteers meet clients over a cup of tea or free hot meal and are able to signpost people to agencies able to solve the longer-term problem.
To make a donation or learn more about Dagenham Food Bank, please visit their website here.
The container at Dagenham Food Bank