Alongside the daily business of running London’s most woke storage facilities, Attic Self Storage is always looking for ways to make a positive contribution to the boroughs where we’re based. That’s why we recently supplied our local foodbank in E3 with a van load of groceries.
Bow Foodbank is based at Bow Church (St Mary & Holy Trinity) in Bow Road, just around the corner from our Wick Lane HQ. They’re staffed by volunteers who do a great job of providing food, advice, tea and sympathetic support. If you’d like to help or donate visit their website
Having talked to the good folks involved in the project we were pleased to be able to contribute a selection of items which are less often donated – including disposable nappies, shampoo, and women’s sanitary products.
It’s tragic that there are people in London who can’t afford these essential items, but that’s the world we live in right now. And Bow Foodbank is just the tip of a very ugly iceberg.
The Trussell Trust supports a network of over 1,200 foodbanks and in April of this year they reported that use of their service in the UK had hit a record high. They handed out 1,583,668 three-day emergency food packages from April 2018 to March 2019. Over half a million (577,618) of these went to children – nearly a 20% increase on the previous year.
Over the past five years, the number of food parcels handed out across the UK has risen by a staggering 73%. Back in August a number of national newspapers reported that up to four million children were at risk of ‘holiday hunger’, with more than two million of these (53%) being under the age of five. About 700,000 of these are in ‘severe’ poverty, up from 600,000, even though 7 in 10 are from working families.
Whether you agree with Jacob Rees-Mogg and think that foodbanks are “rather uplifting” and show “what a good compassionate country we are” or subscribe to Jeremy Corbyn’s view that the rise in use of foodbanks is a “shameful” symbol of austerity, you can’t argue with the fact that they are providing a vital service.
Whatever their political persuasion, our customers seem to appreciate that we actively support local charitable causes in the ways that we do. People often need storage when they are going through tough times, so perhaps that’s why they have a particular empathy for those families forced to use foodbanks.
Attic Self Storage remains committed to having a positive impact on the communities that we serve. We’re determined to do as much as we can to create a nicer, fairer, more compassionate society. It’s good for business.
As a final piece of inspiration, here’s what three famous women had to say on the subject of making a contribution:
“No one has ever become poor from giving.” – Anne Frank
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller
“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then just feed one.” – Mother Theresa