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Emergency Food Appeal for Tower Hamlets

Funded on Spacehive 19 August 2021

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Emergency Food Appeal for Tower Hamlets

London Borough of Tower Hamlets By London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Tower Hamlets Council is continuing to coordinate an emergency food appeal on behalf of food banks in the borough. We are now relaunching our campaign with the aim of raising at least £50,000 by June

Tower Hamlets Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 19 Aug 2021!

Thanks to the efforts of our residents and business partners, we were able to triple the monthly target we set in December, raising £16,000 to help provide food and essential toiletries to those who need it. A huge thank you to all those who contributed. Following this success, we are now relaunching our campaign with the aim of raising at least £50,000 by April. Pledges are made using a once off direct debit, where the pledges are only taken once. As we continue to face challenges brought about by a third national lockdown, food providers in our borough persistently see an exponential rise in demand. Without urgent support, many food banks face the impossible decision of having to turn people away or limit how often people can use their services. Since the start of the pandemic, we’ve been able to support 31 food banks to help 6,500 residents a week access food. We are once again asking partners, local businesses, staff, and residents to please donate to our urgent appeal.

What we'll deliver:

  • Run campaign to raise £50,000 to be distributed via the VCS Food Distribution Hub
  • Use all the funds to buy and distribute food and household supplies to 31 food banks and schools in the borough

Why it's a great idea:

Since April 2020, the council has distributed an incredible 260 tonnes of food to those who needed it and invested £750,000 through its resident support scheme, but Covid-19 has had a huge impact on our finances. Despite making £200m in savings since 2010, we now need to save a further £30m, while seeing a rise in demand for services. We must keep up momentum with helping our food banks and need as much support as possible through donations and corporate sponsorship. £5 could buy a family (two adults and three children) a package of essential toiletries £10 could buy a family a package of essential food items, including rice, pasta, tinned tomatoes, oil, spices, potatoes, onions and garlic £20 could buy a family a package of toiletries and food listed above, as well as nuts, honey, cereals, mixed vegetables, plant-based milk and salt. Spacehive is waiving its fee for this project so all donations will be going to the campaign, minus the GoCardless transaction fee of 1.2 per cent

Steps to get it done:

  • Collect pledges once the campaign target has been reached
  • Confirm the amount of money available to all 31food bank
  • Buy food and household supplies
  • Distribute food to those to the 31 food providers to enable them to support families most in need
  • Re-start the campaign once the target is reached

Other ways to help If you want to help but can’t support financially at the moment, Tower Hamlets Volunteer Centre can connect you to a volunteering opportunity through our Volunteer Hub. More than 2,300 people have signed up through the hub since the start of the pandemic, and volunteers have played a key role in the community response to Covid-19. Our incredible volunteers carry out roles such as driving personal protective equipment to carer’s homes, delivering shopping to housebound residents, and helping distribute food supplies to foodbanks. Find out more and sign up: Thank you with your help we can make a real difference to people in our borough. This year has been challenging for everyone, but we hope that by supporting our local food banks we can make things a bit easier for those needing food support.


Location Tower Hamlets

About the space

Tower Hamlets Borough


London Borough of Tower Hamlets

How will the money be spent?Total £53,278

Food support to food banks and schools - £50,000 (94%)
Other - £3,278 (6%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Food support to food banks and schools
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  • Spacehive fees
  • VAT
  • Transaction Fees


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • Raise more money for local organisations to support our vulnerable residents

Total £53,278

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