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Drop-in/Open access:

Bethnal Green Food Bank, St Matthew’s Church, St Matthew’s Row, London E2 6DT. Wednesdays 2-7pm, 0207 739 7586

Bow Food Bank at the Bromley-by-Bow Centre, St Leonard’s Street, E3 3BT. Entrance through the park on Bruce Road or St.Leonards Street. Mondays 8.30-12.30. 07934 734603 (call or text) @bowfoodbank

Canvas Cafe, 42 Hanbury Street, London E1 5JL. Fridays 10am-2pm in November giving away free food and toiletries. @TheCanvasCafe

Dorset Community Association, Diss Street, London E2 7QX (for residents of Dorset Estate and Columbia Road area). Thursday 2-4pm. Nazrul 07984 966565

Neighbours in Poplar, St Matthias Community Centre, 113 Poplar High St, Poplar, London, E14 0AE. Open every day 10am-1pm. Walk-in service, though helpful if people call with requests for support: 020 7987 0257.

Salvation Army, Kerbey Street, E14 6AJ. Drop-in on Thursdays 10.30-12.30. Contact David 020 7987 9405.

St Luke’s Food Bank, Alpha Grove, London E14 8LH. Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10-12pm. Can also arrange deliveries on Mondays and Thursdays. 02075389862

Area-specific/registration required:

Christ Church, 151 Manchester Rd, Island Gardens, Isle of Dogs, London E14 3DR. Distributing food to vulnerable individuals in the Isle of Dogs via local volunteers. Contact Fr Tom Pyke 02034884594

Ensign Youth Club, Wellclose Square(off the Highway), London E1 8HY. Collection Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10am-1pm. For residents of St Katharine area. Contact Shafee O7949 573 730/ 020 7702 3340.

Good Shepherd Mission, 17 Three Colts Lane, Bethnal Green, E2 6JL Mondays 12-2pm. For individuals and families near Weavers Field in Bethnal Green/Whitechapel. Contact Darren Prince OR Emily Bennett

Limehouse Project, 789-791 Commercial Road, Unit 2 – St Anne Street,
London E14 7HG
Saturdays – Pick from 11am – 2pm and deliveries from 11am – 5pm. Contact Momina Begum, 07946 391 570.

Women’s Inclusive Team, Mayfield House, 202a Cambridge Heath Road, London, E2 9LJ. Tuesdays 12-4pm. All new members must fill in our eligibility form. Contact Jennifer Sutcliffe –

St Dunstan’s Food Bank, Stepney High St, London E1 0NR is supporting 40 families and individuals. It’s open for donations and to collect food Tuesday to Friday 10am-4pm and Saturday 10am-3pm. Contact 0207 702 8685

Royal Foundation St Katherine’s, 2 Butcher Row, Limehouse, London E14 8DS. At capacity. Requests for help in Isle of Dogs should be routed via 02034884594.

HOT MEALS (walk-in)

Whitechapel Mission, 212 Whitechapel Road, London E1 1BJ – serves breakfast Monday-Sunday 6-11am.

St John on Bethnal Green, 200 Cambridge Heath Rd, Bethnal Green, London E2 9PA ‘Tuesday Night Bites’ hot meal provided every Tuesday 6-7pm.


St Hilda’s Food Coop, 18 Club Row, London E2 7EY. The Food Co-op offers fresh fruit
and vegetables at affordable prices to the local community.
Thursdays 11am-3pm. Contact Jenny Jones

The Food Store, Limborough House, Burdett Estate, Thomas Rd, London E14 7AW.
Provides subsidised food to local residents.
Fridays and Saturdays. Referral only. Contact Masoom Ahmed 07718 935867


Many pregnant women and parents are entitled to Healthy Start vouchers every week. These can be spent on milk, plain fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables, and infant formula milk. You can also get free vitamins. People can check if they are eligible.

Healthy Start applications no longer require a medical professional signature. 

Applicants can fill in the online application form and print it, or collect a printed form from a Children’s Centre. If collecting, the form will also include a Freepost envelope.



Support services, including picking up shopping/ medication; a friendly phone call; weekly activity pack with word searches, crosswords; and cooking and delivering a meal:

Neighbours in Poplar – contact 020 7987 0257

St Hilda’s East referral only – contact Tower Hamlets Homes Support Line for more info 020 7364 5015

Darul Ummah Hub, 56 Bigland St, Shadwell E1 2ND – mainly for Tower Hamlets Homes residents  but trying to accommodate other residents. They are seeking donations – info here.


Covid-19 Mutual Aid Bow (E3):

Royal Docks COVID-19 Mutual Aid:

Tower Hamlets Covid19 Community Support:

There is a searchable list of ward/neighbourhood/estate/street level Facebook/What’s App groups.



First Love Foundation needs donations of non-perishable food items and toiletries. The warehouse is open for food donations on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9am – 12pm and 2pm – 4pm. More details. Donate funds.

Bow Food Bank needs funds to purchase additional food to meet growing demand caused by COVID-19. It is also accepting donations of food on Sundays 12:30 – 3:00 pm and Mondays 9:00 – 12:30 pm. See their list of popular items and keep checking their website for updates.  


Tower Hamlets Volunteer Centre has a variety of roles to support the local community during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Poplar HARCA – with Women’s Inclusive Team, are running a food delivery and community assistance service and are looking for volunteers.


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    Rouma says:

    Hi i contacted my kids primary school canon barnett regarding vouchers i have been isolating 5 week now as one of my son has asthma n youngest a baby can someone advise as im missing out on few weeks of vouchers

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      beth says:

      Hello, sorry to hear about this – we sent you an email to see if we can put you in touch with the right people 🙂

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    Raz says:

    I come under the extremely vulnerable and recieved a letter from my gp. I dont really want to rely on donated food from food banks as I’m sure there are those out there that are worse off than myself financially and could do with the extra help. Is there anyway of getting priority deliveries from the super markets being one of the higher at risk. That way I’m not putting pressure on the charities that are available.

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    Tom Pyke says:

    Hello all at WEN,
    Thank you for the information that you have published. Can I add to the list of foodbank is that Christ Church Isle of Dogs is acting as a food distribution hub for the foreseeable future distributing fresh food and some durable foods to local groups and to vulnerable individuals in the Isle of Dogs via local volunteers. Requests for help in Isle of Dogs should be routed via 02034884594

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