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Islington foodbank to close amid coronavirus fears and low food supplies

Staff at the Trussell Trust foobank say it will reopen once it is safe to do so.

16 March, 2020

Islington foodbank

ISLINGTON Foodbank will close next week amid coronavirus safety concerns and low food supplies, it has been announced.

An statement on the Trussell Trust foodbank’s social media said it would close to the public after Monday. March 23.

Staff at the foodbank, based in the Highbury Roundhouse on Ronalds Road, say they are communicating with their clients and partners and will reopen as soon as it is safe to do so.

A statement on the foodbank’s social media read: “We understand that we provide a service to vulnerable people who may need us now more than ever, but still feel this is the best way to keep our volunteers and clients safe and minimise the risk of infection.

“In addition, we need a minimum number of volunteers at each session to operate but with increasing numbers self-isolating we cannot guarantee that. And finally, our food supplies are running low with donations down and supermarkets limiting how much we can order.

“The foodbank’s last session will be Monday, March 23 and after that we will be closed until further notice. We will monitor the situation closely as it unfolds and will re-open as soon as we feel it is safe to do so. We are communicating to all of our clients and voucher partners now.

“We believe that it is preferable to close in a managed way, giving our clients plenty of notice, rather than letting events overtake us.”

The foodbank will be closed until further notice after Monday.

The news comes as groups across Islington are forming to provide mutual help and support to those who have had to self-isolate.

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