Volunteers are crucial to the operation of Bow Foodbank.
Without the support of volunteers, we could not operate the Foodbank and provide its much needed services to those in crisis.
If you would like to help please use the contact form below. We have a particular need for regular committed volunteers to help load food deliveries into the church on Sundays between 1pm and 3pm.
You can read interviews and see portraits of some of our volunteers on The Gentle Author’s website Spitalfields Life. We’ve used some of these interviews and photos below, with grateful permission from The Gentle Author and Sarah Ainslee
I’ve been doing this since 2014. Supposedly, I am in charge of the shop but I am here because I enjoy meeting people. The first Christmas we were open, we had one hundred and sixty people come in. There is a real need. A lot of people saw their benefits cut with the introduction of Universal Credit. It hit people hard. We had people on benefits who are struggling to feed their children and that’s horrible – we give them twenty items. Parents go without food to feed their children
Trevor Blackman, Founding Director of Ape Media
After they have been in the shop, people come to see me and I give them extras, fruit and veg, soap and women’s sanitary products. I came here myself three years ago and then I became a volunteer because I wanted to help others by giving something back. Some people who come are homeless and I have helped a couple to get jobs and find housing. I count everyone here as my friends. All my life, I have been caring for other people.
Pat O’Sullivan, Supervisor of distribution of extras at the Food Bank
I enjoy volunteering in the community. It’s not like a job where you get paid, your reward is knowing you are helping other people. I have made friends over the last six months and it is a little community of its own here. The food bank is not just about distributing food, it’s about getting people out of their houses and offering social contact to people who might be lonely. Once I graduate and get a job, I will look for other volunteering opportunities because I enjoy it so much.
Cody Hopper, Studying Modern History at Queen Mary University
photographs above are all copyright @ Sarah Ainslee
We are particularly grateful to the ongoing support of students from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), who have set up a Bow Foodbank Volunteering Group to support our work.
Stock management / Deliveries on Sundays 3-6pm
We have a particular need for regular committed volunteers to help load food deliveries into the church on Sundays between 3pm and 6pm
If you are willing to help be part of the small team that moves cases of food into the foodbank on Sundays, then we would like to hear from you via our contact page.
Reception and record keeping
We need volunteers to greet our clients, explain how the Foodbank works, and keep records of who we help, when and what we provide. If you enjoy working with people and have good administrative skills, we would like to hear from you via our contact page.
Our clients may be in distress and need someone to listen to them. If you are a good listener and want to help people in crisis, then we would like to hear from you via our contact page.
If you enjoy baking or are just happy to make someone a cup of tea who is cold and hungry, then we need volunteers to provide our clients with tea, coffee and biscuits/cake while we sort out what they need. If you would like to make cake or biscuits for our clients each week, and serve them hot drinks, then we would like to hear from you via our contact page.
Please click here to send an email to us, or use the form below, if you would like to find out more about volunteering with Bow FoodBank
Thank you for contacting us. Bow Foodbank is a volunteer run charity - so please be patient as we cannot respond to enquiries immediately.