Coronavirus Voluntary, Community and Faith organisations

Food banks community food hubs and food safety

Food safety matters and we must do all we can to protect Newham residents.​  All organisations and individuals involved in food distribution or Food Bank provision need to follow the food safety advice set out below.

Most organisations providing food for Newham residents will need to register with the Newham Food Safety Team.  Please refer to the Newham food safety guidance document (PDF).

Failure to follow the correct food safety guidance can have serious consequences, even mild cases of food poisoning can be dangerous, especially for the elderly and sick. 

If you or your organisation is planning to offer food to people in your community please email [email protected]. ​

You should also follow the advice and information on food safety, nutrition, shopping and delivery guide (PDF) for information on best practices for preparing food and for delivering to vulnerable members of the community.

If your organisation is distributing food or operating as a Food Bank in the borough please follow this comprehensive checklist (PDF).

If you would like to participate in distribution of surplus food please email [email protected].