Walthamstow cafe seeks donations to help needy

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A Walthamstow community cafe is asking for donations to help them provide free meals and groceries to those in need.

The Gleaners, based in the Hornbeam Centre, provides more than 800 meals and 1000 bags of groceries a week to those in need of support during the pandemic.

Those in need can visit the cafe between 12 and 3pm every day or request a bike delivery service if they are self-isolating via the Hornbeam website.

On their crowdfunder page, the cafe’s owners Alex and David explain: “As a not-for-profit community cafe running a pay-what-you-feel model, we do not have any savings and have now lost our limited income from cafe sales.

“However, we have the skills and infrastructure to get hundreds of meals and groceries to others in our community throughout the current crisis, and want to keep working to increase access to good food for all.”

The project has so far raised more than £5,500 but needs more if it will continue to run throughout lockdown.

Donations will be used to purchase ingredients, compostable takeaway containers, cleaning products and London Living Wages for their workers.

The cafe previously used surplus ingredients and offered food on a pay-what-you-feel basis as part of the Hornbeam’s Food Rescue Project.

Residents can also volunteer through the Hornbeam website: https://www.hornbeam.org.uk/projects/volunteer/

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Victoria Munro

Local Democracy Reporter