Haylynn Canteen is calling for local people to donate particular items so they have enough to give guests. These include cereal, soup, pasta, rice, tinned tomatoes, tinned meat, tinned vegetables and others listed on their Instagram.
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When Wimbledon Food Bank initially announced it would be closing for the funeral on Monday, it was met with widespread outcry. But, after people stepped up to give up their bank holiday and volunteer, the food bank announced it would be able to open after all.
A spokesperson announced on social media: “Due to the overwhelming support we have received we now have volunteers to run our Monday session as usual.”
They also took the opportunity to remind people food banks are “not a government service and run solely on people’s donations of time, money and food”. Without people’s good will, food banks would not be able to run at all.
The Independent Food Aid Network added: “Food banks will always do their utmost to help people struggling to afford food but their support should not be needed on a bank holiday or any other day. Food banks cannot be expected to pick up the pieces resulting from a broken benefits system.”
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One food bank volunteer said: “We are a charity and if one more person says we should open on Monday, I will scream. The reason we don’t open on a bank holiday is all the paid organisations that provide vouchers for those in need are shut. So we would have no customers to help.”
Another that will stay open on Monday is 0161 Community’s food bank in Manchester, which will be open from noon until 3pm.
“We are aware that many supermarkets and food banks have taken the decision to close on Monday as a mark of ‘respect’ to the late queen,” a spokesperson said. “We at 0161 Food Bank are not usually open on Mondays, but will be opening specially this coming Monday to offer our support to our communities.”
Brixton Soup Kitchen similarly will be providing hot food and clothing on the bank holiday, between 12pm and 5pm.
Donations will be needed at food banks due to open on Monday. Woodhouse Community Centre in Leeds said, while it will be open, its community fridge will be running low and the team are unlikely to have all the food they need.
“Our community fridge will be running low,” a spokesperson said, “as our food providers will be shut for the bank holiday. If you can pop down to donate anything to the fridge on Monday it would be really appreciated.”
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