Walworth Community Food Hub

Deliveries are 10am-1pm and 6pm-8pm, Monday to Saturday.

New enquiries: call Southwark Council’s Covid-19 support line on 0207 525 5000 (from 9am-5pm), or email covidsupport@southwark.gov.uk.

Make changes: if you are already receiving parcels from us, please use this online form for all queries, amendments or cancellations. Please allow at least 24 hours for any changes.

Contents

General information

Information for current recipients

Information for referral organisations

General information

The Walworth Community Food Hub has been set up to help local residents significantly affected by Covid-19. It is operated by Pembroke House staff and volunteers, and supplies fresh food via volunteer cycle couriers direct to residents’ doors. 

We’ve been able to get food packages out to a wide range of people in acute need: from a mother with a several-week-old baby who has just been discharged from hospital with Covid-19, to struggling families in multiple occupancy households with no recourse to public funds, to one venerable recipient of 101 years old! The feedback we are getting is that these deliveries really do make a massive difference. 

About the scheme

How much food are you distributing?

Currently we are distributing over six tonnes of food, via 600 individual volunteer courier journeys, to over 450 households every week, feeding an estimated 1350 people a week. We have 167 volunteers active volunteers.

Since March we have delivered over 100 tonnes of food to recipients experiencing food insecurity. That’s a total of over 10,000 food parcels prepared in our hub by volunteers, and delivered by volunteer couriers to doorsteps across Walworth!

What’s in the food packages?

The bags are different each time. They average eight kilos and contain a mix of fresh fruit and vegetables, often eggs, bread, snacks, meat, dairy and some ready-meals. We aim for a balanced diet and a varied mix. 

What area do you cover?

1 mile (1.6 km) as the crow flies from Pembroke House (SE17 1QR). So that’s all of SE17 and some parts of SE1, SE5, SE11, SE15 and SE16.

You can check the distance between Pembroke House (SE17 1QR) and your postcode here: Distance Between Full UK Postcodes

Who is receiving food? 

Our current list includes regulars to the Pembroke House Lunch Club and the Walworth Living Room, as well as the following partner organisations:

1st Place Children and Parents’ Centre
Albrighton Community Centre
Body & Soul
Brandon Estate TRAs
Creation Trust
Dragon Cafe
Edible Rotherhithe
Ingeus
InSpire
IntoUniversity
Lambeth Social Prescribers
Manor Place Hostel
North Walworth Mutual Aid
PACT
Quay Health Solutions
Solace Women’s Aid
Southwark Charities (Christchurch & St Mary’s almshouses)
Southwark Council Covid-19 support
Southwark Housing Office
St George the Martyr Charity
St George the Martyr Church
Surrey Square Primary
Tatum Community TRAs
Villa Street GP

How can I volunteer to help?

We urgently need new volunteers, particularly cyclists. Please register here if you could help: https://cutt.ly/volunteer-with-us

How can I donate to support the scheme?

You can donate to support Pembroke House’s work here.

Can people self-refer? 

If recipients are not already in touch with Pembroke House or one of our local partner organisations, they can be referred to the Pembroke House food delivery scheme via the Southwark Council Covid-19 support line: phone 0207 525 5000 from 9am-5pm, or email covidsupport@southwark.gov.uk.

Information for current recipients

How can I get in touch?

CONTACT US: Please use this online form for all queries, amendments or cancellations to an existing delivery service.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much food will I get and how often?

The current options are:
Standard bag (8kg) 1 x week (1-3 people)
Standard bag (8kg) 2 x a week (3-5 people)
Standard bag (8kg) 3 x a week (5+ people)

You can request a change via the form.

Can you let me know in advance which day I’m going to get a delivery?

Deliveries are between 10am-1pm or 6-8pm, Monday to Saturday. We will send a text in advance, on the day of delivery (or the day before for morning deliveries).

Can the couriers give me a call?

Sorry, no. For safeguarding, our couriers are never given your phone number. If you can’t answer the door we suggest you arrange for delivery to a neighbour.

Are there any options? What if I don’t like something, or have an allergy?

The only food option we can specify at this time is ‘No Meat’. We suggest this option for Halal.

I need more (or less) food!

Let us know via the form.

What if I’ve been told I’ve been referred, but am not receiving the bag?

Please reconfirm your address via the form.

What if I want to stop the delivery?

Please use the form.

How do I offer feedback?

We would love to hear if you are enjoying the food packages – and if you have any photos we could share. Please use the form to offer feedback. 

What if I have a request for a specific item?

Sorry, at this time we cannot process any other requests except for those mentioned above.

But as we move forward we will be aiming to provide more choice. Therefore, although we can’t make up an individual box for your requirements at the moment, it would be really useful to get general feedback on the balance of items in the parcels and the kinds of food that are more or less useful.

Is the food out of date? 

We never send out anything beyond its Use By Date. Occasionally some food in the parcels may be past the Best Before date.

Use By dates indicate when food is safe to eat, but the Best Before date is different, and is only a recommended eating date for maximum freshness, and can often be extended.

For any food included in a parcel that is past its Best Before date, Pembroke House will have received a certificate from the manufacturer extending the best before date for these specific items, and guaranteeing that the food is safe to eat.

Our hub follows a strict food hygiene protocol around the refrigeration and safe storage of fresh food.

Information for Referral Organisations

We are a local organisation and would like to refer people to you scheme – how do we become a partner organisation?

Please email info@pembrokehouse.org.uk with NEW REFERRAL PARTNER in the subject line. 

How soon after being referred will the first food parcel be delivered?

Currently, urgent referrals received before 2pm on a working day (currently Mon-Fri) will be scheduled for the next working day. Less urgent requests will be scheduled for delivery within 1-3 working days.

Currently we do not contact recipients – we just schedule the first available delivery slot, send a text a few hours before, and then the couriers will arrive with the food. As a referral organisation you will only hear from us if we cannot accept the referral, or if the couriers experience a problem with the delivery.

All new referrals are automatically scheduled for recurring deliveries. If the recipient does not require a recurring delivery, please use this form to cancel.

What are the criteria for receiving food parcels?

We prioritise regular deliveries to people who are self-isolating due to Covid-19 symptoms, suffering a sudden short-term lack of funds due to Covid-19 (loss of work, etc.), or experiencing significant extra pressure as carers. 

We prioritise those who do not have other means of support such as friends, family or neighbours, access to online shopping, or access to food banks .

Where capacity allows, we will also deliver food to those who are house-bound or especially vulnerable to Covid-19 due to age or health conditions. 

We rely on the kindness of people like you.

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