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Holloway food bank calls for donations and help

Plea for volunteers as demand from struggling families soars

28 August, 2020

The Pillion Trust food bank at the Ringcross Centre needs your help

A FOOD BANK manager has made a desperate call for help after a huge spike in demand.

Savvas Panas, who runs the Pillion Trust food bank from the Ringcross Centre in Holloway, said he needed more volunteers and donations as the number of families he serves has increased from 75 to more than 360 during the lockdown.

Mr Panas said: “Whatever people can do to help will be appreciated. We are basically sustained by community funds, we have no funding from the mayor’s office or the council and we are feeding up to 1,000 mouths.”

Meanwhile, the council is winding down the huge food distribution operation it ran from the Sobell Centre in Hornsey Road.

Since lockdown began the council received and distributed donations from the Felix Project and Arsenal in the Community among others to the tune of £500,000 and an estimated 60,000 meals.

But it is understood that this will not continue in the same capacity. They have moved out of the Sobell Centre and it is believed that they will soon move to the smaller Westbourne Community Centre in Roman Way.

However, a separate emergency service called We Are Islington, where the council buys food and delivers directly to families, is going to be maintained.

A council spokeswoman said: “This service will be maintained to enable the council to respond to local outbreaks and isolated individuals and families that are self-isolating.”

The Trussell Trust, which operates out of the Roundhouse Community Centre in Highbury, closed down near the beginning of the Covid-19 outbreak to try and protect its volunteers, many of whom were elderly and vulnerable. It has now reopened.

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