The Wellington Food Bank runs every Tuesday afternoon to support families facing significant financial hardship - families who have little or no money to buy food and hygiene products after meeting other financial obligations such as gas, electricity, and rent.
The intention of the food bank is to provide goods to families who face a short-term financial crisis and not to provide goods on a long-term basis.
Ensuring our food bank is carefully targeted - financial assessment
All families who use the food bank will be asked to attend a confidential appointment with an advisor within three to four weeks of starting to use the food bank.
At this appointment you will be asked to talk about your personal and financial circumstances to help determine how best to support you in maximising your income. This may be through claiming welfare support, reviewing your budgets, supporting you with debt, housing, employment, or immigration.
You will be notified about when your appointment is and are expected to attend. If you do not wish to attend your appointment or do not turn up for your appointment without notice your name will be removed from the food bank list.
The list below provides information about the circumstances we consider when supporting families.
- Parents who have no recourse to public funds
- Families who experience an income shock due to illness, loss of employment, relationship breakdown or death of the main breadwinner
- Parents who are waiting for their first Universal Credit payment
- Parents who are going through financial hardship due to multiple debts
- Parents who have deductions from their benefits towards their debts eg rent arrears, third part deduction for gas, electricity, water debt or court fines
- Parents who are affected by the benefit cap or bedroom tax
- Parents who have a 3rd child (or more) born after April 2017 and are going through financial hardship
If you are experiencing circumstances outside of this list but are struggling to buy essentials for your family, please complete the request below and we will still offer you a financial assessment appointment and do our best to assist you.
If you wish to access the school food bank and are willing to meet with an advisor, please complete the request opposite.
Cost of Living Hub
The Mayor of London has launched the Cost of Living Hub, a new online resource for Londoners struggling with the rising cost of living: https://www.london.gov.uk/cost-living-hub.
The hub helps Londoners access information, support and advice to help manage their household finances. It includes a wide range of information about claiming benefits, help in dealing with debt, financial management and mental health support.
To explore the hub, please visit https://www.london.gov.uk/cost-living-hub.