North Paddington Food Bank has been the main food aid provider for the London Borough of Westminster during the pandemic. It has responded to a 730% increase in demand (632 individuals in the first 2 weeks of Feb compared to 4,615 individuals during first 2 weeks of May) and has been able to fulfil all requests for food. Since the end of March 2020, the North Paddington Food Bank has provided food to approximately 13,000 people compared to around 9,000 people during the previous 12 month period. Not only has North Paddington Food Bank responded to the increase in demand, it also adapted its collection based distribution method to a delivery model to protect its vulnerable clients.
The Scheinberg Relief Fund has provided funding to support organisational capacity building, to ensure the North Paddington Food Bank can continue to meet the increase in demand for their services across Westminster. Funding was also directed to facilitate the purchase of additional food to help support the community through the summer months of 2020.