Our current board of Trustees is:
• Jagmohan Bhakar (Campbell Road Gurdwara)
• Michael Cubey, Chair (Bow Arts Trust) contact Michael by email
• Reverend Deborah Frazer (St Mary and Holy Trinity, Bow)
• Patrick Harrison (Poplar HARCA)
• Dan Hopewell (Bromley-by-Bow Centre)
• Muzammel Hussain (Legal Advice Centre)
• Reverend Cameron Kirkwood (Bow Road Methodist Church)
• Elizabeth Marshall, Secretary (St Mary and Holy Trinity, Bow)
• Jon May (Queen Mary University of London (QMUL))
• Christopher Rawlins (Independant)
• Father Javier Ruiz-Ortiz (Our Lady and St Catherine of Siena RC Churc
• Leon Silver ( Nelson Street Synagogue)
• Anne Worlledge, Treasurer (Independent)
Volunteers are critical to the Bow Foodbank.
We have a core group of fantastic volunteers who are the lifeblood of the Bow Foodbank. They do an amazing job behind the scenes and working with our clients.
You can read interviews and see portraits of some of our volunteers on The Gentle Author’s website Spitalfields Life
I am one of the founders of the Bow Food Bank. We did not want to restrict access to referrals from Department of Work & Pensions and General Practitioners, we wanted it to be unconditional so that people can come to us and say they need help. In the benefits system, people are treated with mistrust as if they were potential criminals, but I think they get more from being treated with dignity and respect. If people come here because they are in need of food, we let them know that they are welcome.
Reverend Debbie Frazer, Rector of St. Mary & Holy Trinity Bow
We are here to address a need as far as we are able. There could be a food bank every morning of the week and still not meet everyone’s needs. If we can do a little to help some people then that makes it worthwhile, but I am sad we cannot do more. It is embarrassing for us that people are so grateful, that’s not a comfortable feeling. We see that the benefits system is not helping vulnerable people, but pushing them into a spiral of decline and need. It’s so unfair.
Lynn Stone, Food Bank Manager