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As Many of you will know, Age UK is setting up a Food Bank for the City of London, and the Barbican Estate Office has kindly provided space in the Lilac Room.

This is for all residents in need across the Square Mile.

As with everything these days, We are not certain exactly how this will work.  Once we get a better idea of what the demand will be, everything will become clearer.  The logistics will also be more complicated due to Covid. 

We are seeking non perishable items and ‘Back of the store cupboard’ items are welcome.  But if you do want to donate your store cupboard items, please check the ‘use by’ date. This is very important, because Age UK can not be responsible for delivering potentially unsafe food.  Due to the virus, we want as little handling of all items in order to protect both volunteers and recipients.

The list below is not exhaustive, but details some of the high need items

Food

Long life milk or Powdered Milk

Cereal

Tins of meat, fish, fruit, veg

Baked beans, soup, spaghetti

Rice and Pasta

Spreads like jam, peanut butter, marmite

Sweet and savoury biscuits

Tea, coffee, sugar

Salt

Long life fruit juice

Toiletries

Loo Roll

Soap

Shower Gel

Washing up liquid

Bleach

This important work will still be ongoing despite the lockdown announced this week.

Our initial plan is to arrange two collection points every Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 10 - 11.  

  1. In front of  Lauderdale Tower, Lauderdale Place for Barbican and non Barbican residents
  2. Outside the Lilac Room, Seddon North Stairs 02, (near the Estate Office) for Barbican Residents and keyholders.



We may change these hours, depending on how well they work




If you would like to financially support this initiative, or Age UK’s wider work in the City of London, you can donate via the Age UK London Just Giving page

:  

https://www.justgiving.com/ageuklondon

Please write “This donation is for the City of London” in the message box, on the last screen before payment is taken.

Or if you would like to support us in another way, I am sure we can arrange it.



Rest assured that if this money is not required for the food bank, it will be used by Age UK City of London to further its work supporting residents in the City.

Anyone who would like to Volunteer or feels they may have a food need, please email SquareMileFoodBank@gmail.com

We will start accepting donations on Friday 27 March

Thank you for any support you can give.

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In addition to the items listed above, we could really use donations of carrier bags, especially. ‘Bag for life’ ones.

empty out your stash and help a great cause.

Hi 

I have just emailed you at SquareMileFoodBank@gmail.com. 

Hi Sue,

Rachel is handling the Rita’s and volunteers and I know she still has a lot of work on, she will get back to you from SMFB account.I know they are set up with collection volunteers for next week, but I am sure we will need deliverers too (obv depends on what we receive).

thanks for working so tirelessly for our neighbourhood.

give me a shout if you don’t hear back from her.

best

Liz

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