QSA helps with surge of foodbank demand

Quaker Social Action have been helping food banks cope with a surge of demand caused by the pandemic

QSA delivery driver Steve has been making deliveries across east London. | Photo: Courtesy of QSA.

Quaker Social Action (QSA) has been helping foodbanks cope with the surge of demand caused by the pandemic. Giles Robinson, from QSA, told the Friend: ‘After temporarily closing our furniture re-use store Homestore, our delivery driver Steve has been supporting foodbanks to collect donations and make deliveries to vulnerable households across east London – including Easter eggs for children from the charity S.M.I.L.E London and Essex.’

Foodbanks have been under increasing strain since the outbreak took hold, with volunteers self-isolating and a surge of demand exacerbated by panic buying. Some foodbanks have closed, while the Trussell Trust, which supports 1,200 foodbanks across the country, has asked supermarkets to donate more food.

One charity, FareShare, which QSA helped to deliver to a Walthamstow foodbank, thanked QSA’s driver Steve and said: ‘Without him we would not be able to feed huge numbers of people in the area currently not earning.’

QSA said that it would also be launching support and guidance for people organising funerals at this time.

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