Demand at Bow Foodbank increases tenfold. New (paid) Executive Director sought.

Bow Foodbank

Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic Bow Foodbank has experienced a rapid escalation in the number of families needing support. A second site was opened in Bethnal Green, and the original Bow Foodbank moved to the Bromley by Bow Centre to increase capacity.

Bow Foodbank is an independent food bank with an ethos of trust and respect. They endeavour to provide emergency aid to all who visit them. They  do not require referrals, paperwork, or ID. They say, “This is emergency help, especially for people who do not meet the criteria for other food banks. We treat everyone with empathy and dignity no matter who they are, or what they’re going through.”

Anonymised Case Study:
S, 30s, has four children. Her husband is working, however, as he is self-employed, work opportunities have been scarce due to the pandemic and the constant lockdowns. She has no recourse to public funds due to her immigration status…

Anonymised Case Study:
B, 60s, is a cleaner who is single handedly supporting her husband and two children. B’s husband is 69 years old and is on a disability allowance after a serious injury at a construction site. He is currently suffering from spinal issues and need assistance due to mobility issues. Her son is currently out of work…

Tower Hamlets has long struggled with poverty, and the demands on the local food banks will remain high. Bow Foodbank has 200+ volunteers and managed to take on a couple of temporary staff whose contracts come to an end in June 2021. After the recruitment of the Executive Director post, they plan to recruit a full-time Operations Manager.

Now Hiring – Executive Director of Bow Foodbank

We are looking for our first ever Executive Director to lead strategic development and senior management functions. These include finance, fundraising, volunteer management, and communications. The Executive Director will be responsible for ensuring the smooth running and development of the services offered by the Bow Foodbank and the Bethnal Green Foodbank.

The link to the detailed job description is here.

Applications Close at 0900 on Monday 26th April

If you need help – Bow Foodbank addresses and opening hours

Bromley-by-Bow Community Centre
St Leonard’s Road,
E3 3BT.
Entrance through the park on St.Leonards Street.
Open Mondays 08:30am-12.30pm

Bethnal Green
Raine’s Foundation School
Approach Rd / Junction Bonner Road
E2 9LY
Open Wednesdays 2:00pm – 7:00pm

Yes, people can send a friend or carer on their behalf. The queues can be long, but they do not turn people away empty handed.

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Bow Foodbank

If you’d like to volunteer

Current Volunteering Sessions

Sunday receiving deliveries, donations, sorting and packing (10am – 12:30pm; 12:30pm – 3pm)

Monday distribution, sorting and packing (8am – 1pm)

Bromley by Bow please contact our volunteer-coordinator Lynn on

To volunteer at Bethnal Green Foodbank email:

Bow Foodbank volunteer
Bow Foodbank volunteer

If you’d like to donate

Please visit the Bow Foodbank website for full details on how to donate both money and food.

Anonymised Case Study:
A, 30s, was waiting in the cold with her husband and two children aged 5 and 3. A’s husband was working almost 17 hours a day across two jobs while she cared for their children, but the family began to struggle when he was made redundant from both. The family is currently on Universal Credit. Despite applying to over 100 jobs, her husband has not been successful and remains unemployed. They never thought that they would be relying on a food bank…

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