Sanctuary Housing holds vital food vouchers in Hackney, Haringey and Westminster
Published by Anonymous for Sanctuary Housing Association in Housing and also in Communities
Volunteers sorting food at a Trussell Trust foodbank
Sanctuary Housing can now identify residents in crisis who require emergency use of the Westminster, Haringey and Hackney foodbank, helping them to get back on their own two feet.
Frontline housing officers have been approved as official foodbank voucher holders for the Trussell Trust foodbanks. Residents who are identified as benefiting from the service can now be issued with a voucher from Sanctuary to redeem three days emergency food.
There is no ‘typical’ service user, and the foodbank can help all sorts of residents, in all sorts of situations. Housing officers and foodbank volunteers will also be able to offer advice and information to residents in need, helping them to solve the longer-term problem.
Sanctuary staff were provided with guidelines and information on assessing needs. The housing provider was then given a small stock of vouchers to be given out to Sanctuary residents.
Meghan Zinkewich-Peotti, Sanctuary Housing’s partnerships manager, said: “I am so pleased that our housing officers are now able to issue foodbank vouchers. They work on the frontline with residents so are able to find out quickly if someone is facing a crisis.
“This will not only mean that we can help out in the short term with the vouchers, but also offer our residents support for the long term, helping them get back on track.”
The Trussell Trust foodbank network works in partnership with local churches and organisations to bring foodbanks to communities across the UK. There are now over 380 foodbanks in the network.
Christine Bamigbola from the London Trussell Trust Foodbanks added: “Trussell Trust foodbanks rely on partnerships with organisations like Sanctuary to help us to identify people who are facing hunger and make sure that they are helped.
“Partnerships are vital to making sure that people in genuine need are able to access food and support right when they need it. We are really pleased to be working with Sanctuary to help stop hunger locally.”
If you are a Sanctuary Housing resident and need further advice or support, please contact your housing officer. To find contact details of your local housing officer, call 0800 131 3384 (from a landline) or 0300 123 3511 (from a mobile.)