Eligible residents can access free food via schemes and locations such as the Hackney Foodbank, Rhythms of Life, luncheon clubs and Hackney Winter Night Shelter.  Due to the changing nature of this provision, these services represent a snapshot of the support available

Box 5: Case study – Using surplus food to provide free lunches

FoodCycle provides lunch to residents in the New Kingshold estate in Hackney.  It prepares a three course healthy lunch with surplus food donations.  The lunch is popular with older people, families from the estate and vulnerable people and each week serves around 40 residents.

Hackney Council’s Welfare and Benefits Service supports Hackney’s four foodbanks with funding to allow longer opening hours. The council also provide emergency food vouchers to residents in crisis.  In 2015/16, the service provided almost 300 supermarket food vouchers at a total value of £20,330.

Access to low-cost fruit and vegetables is provided once a week at the one maintained primary school in the City of London (Sir John Cass) for children, families and teachers at the school.