Saturday, 20 April 2024
Saturday, 20 April 2024

Lifeline for charity facing ‘mind-blowing’ demand for food help

A community foodbank service which helps people in need in a north London borough will continue for two more years – thanks to new funding.

Barnet Foodshare, run by Colindale-based Living Way Ministries, takes surplus food from local shops and distributes it to residents in need, or turns it into healthy meals.

Demand for the service has soared since it was set up over a decade ago, but its future was in doubt due to the impact of rising fuel prices on volunteer drivers.

Now, the service is secure after a paid driver was taken on, with £65,000 funding over two years from City Bridge Trust – the City of London Corporation’s charity funder.

The funding will enable an extra 3,500 donations of food to be collected, providing 135,000 extra meals and saving 180,000kg of CO2 emissions by preventing food waste.

City Bridge Trust Chairman Giles Shilson said:

“The cost of living crisis and the impact of Covid means that more and more people are reliant on services like Barnet Foodshare to put food on the table for themselves and their families.

“This funding will ensure Living Way, which has a long-standing and deeply rooted role in the local community, can continue to make a life-changing difference to the people it serves.”

Living Way was founded in 1990 by then midwife Hope Yoloye, initially as a telephone counselling service for her clients.

Now 71 and still inspired by her Christian faith, she continues to oversee the charity, which functions as a church on Sundays and a community centre for people of all faiths and none throughout the week.

Alongside the Foodshare service, Living Way offers advice sessions on issues such as debt and relationships, classes in sewing, knitting and hairdressing and business training and mentoring.

Living Way Ministries Founder and Project Manager Hope Yoloye said:

“The demand for the Foodshare service is phenomenal – it’s just mind-blowing. Because of Covid, there are people that were already on a low income or no income who are really suffering.

“I’ve been using my car to collect food but I’m getting older and for our volunteers, it’s getting harder because the price of fuel keeps going up. Without this funding, we would have to stop and it would mean people would remain in food poverty.”

More information about Living Way Ministries and Barnet Foodshare is online at

The City of London Corporation’s charity funder, City Bridge Trust, is London’s biggest independent grant giver, awarding grants of over £28 million a year to tackle disadvantages across the capital –


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