Project information

Boxes of Basics

The North London Foodbank provides boxes of food basics to families. In winter, when heating bills rise and there is no money, many families have to choose between heating or eating. We are here to take the pain out of the decision, by stepping in and providing for them during a crisis.

The duration of the winter

Charity information: The North London Foodbank

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  • Need


    Every winter, there are people that are so financially strapped they are unable to afford heating and food at the same time. We are trying to solve the problem of food poverty, a very real problem in todays day and age. We have found that in the winter, with the rising cost of heating, people have to make the oh-so painful decision between heating or eating.


    By providing them with their basic needs, we are taking them out of crisis mode. They can then focus on getting themselves back on their feet. We provide boxes of food items, such as bread, milk, eggs, etc. Our assistance is short term- usually for a week or so, whilst our benefactors are stuck in a crisis. We then focus on helping them find employment and help themselves.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Help families that are struggling with food poverty.


    » Provide short-term help by sending them boxes of food staples.
    » Provide courses in employment skills and financial management so that they should better be able to take care of their finances.

    What success will look like

    Success will be helping every family that approaches us, and setting them up for life so that they will never need to contact us again.

  • Impact


    We will help families out of food poverty. In a short term way, by providing them with the basics they need whilst they are in crisis mode, but more importantly- in a longer term manner. We will do this by education, and ultimately by intervention and prevention by educating the youngsters about financial responsibility, budgeting and education, so that they don't find themselves in this position 10 0r 15 years down the line.


    There are risks that some of the families we help will become dependent on our services and keep approaching us for help instead of learning to become independent. We have developed an intensive approach to mitigate this risk, so that everyone we help will be helped further, and referred to the appropriate organisation if necessary.


    We will report to donors at the end of the project- at the end of the winter 2019 and every three months after that, letting them know how the people we have helped are doing.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £72,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £50,000 Cost of food boxes Approximately £50 per box, for 1000 boxes
      £8,000 Premises hire Small office and storage of goods
      £8,000 Admin Salary for Administrator, Volunteer expenses and Transport
      £6,000 Courses Financial management, budgeting and transferrable skills courses
  • Background


    North London, and Hackney in particular, are areas known for their high levels of poverty. Unemployment and high rents are other factors that contribute to the high levels of poverty in this area. Unfortunately children that have grown up in poverty are just as likely to live in poverty when they are older and we aim to break this cycle. Because poverty often means poor education, we want to stop this by education, intervention and prevention.


    Poor people living in North London. These include families, young children, single parents, the elderly and so on.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    All our trustees and volunteers live in the area, and are fully aware of the struggles people living in this area face. We have lots of experience in this area and people feel secure asking us for help.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Chana Tescher

    Chana is responsible for overseeing the day to day running of the organisation. We are a small, volunteer based project.