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In the Shadows of Wealth

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Even in London,the Borough of Tower Hamlets is something of an anomaly.   Covering an area of circa 20km² and housing nearly 240,000 people, it is home to the wealthiest and the poorest people in London. With Canary Wharf in its boundaries, the wealth is undeniable, but what isn’t always seen is the poverty in the other areas within the district. The borough has one of the highest rates of child poverty in the country; in 2010 57 percent of children were living in poverty, as defined by the Campaign to End Child Poverty in their review covering England, compared to a figure of 46 percent in the London Borough of Islington, which had the second highest rate.  It also has a high rate of unemployment, and despite the average salary for people working in Tower Hamlets being £64,000, almost 40% of households live on less than £15,000.

It is against this backdrop that the Tower Hamlets Foodbank operates. Set up in 2010 under the umbrella of the Trussell Trust organisation, the Tower Hamlets Foodbank is responding directly to local people experiencing hardship as a result of some of these social and economic issues. Using a network of churches within the borough, they are able to offer support in many areas, providing emergency food and grocery supplies to those that are in greatest need.  The basic tenet of their operation is one of prevention rather than remedy. By providing everyday essentials the aim is to prevent people becoming homeless rather than directly assisting the homeless. Consequently, one of their biggest challenges is one of logistics. Since recently, the Foodbank receives strong support by IFCO the international provider of green reusable crates, which enables the Foodbank to tackle one of their major aims: the reduction of waste, as occurs with the disposal of one-way outer packaging and hence lay an even stronger focus on the sourcing and distribution of food.

 

by Andy Beeching

 

 
IFCO supports Food Bank Kappeln with Vehicle Sponsoring

IFCO supports Food Bank Kappeln with Vehicle Sponsoring

Lottery at Fruit Logistica 2015

Lottery at Fruit Logistica 2015

IFCO donates 30,000€ to support food banks during Fruit Logistica 2015

IFCO donates 30,000€ to support food banks during Fruit Logistica 2015

IFCO’s combines its annual presence at Fruit Logistica with social engagement as part of their WORLDWIDE RESPONSIBILITY initiative, and once again supports the Berliner Tafel in their ‘clean up’ action.

IFCO’s combines its annual presence at Fruit Logistica with social engagement as part of their WORLDWIDE RESPONSIBILITY initiative, and once again supports the Berliner Tafel in their ‘clean up’ action.

WORLDWIDE RESPONSIBILITY supports food banks by co-sponsoring a refrigerated van and the donation of RPCs at the Tafel Federal Congress

WORLDWIDE RESPONSIBILITY supports food banks by co-sponsoring a refrigerated van and the donation of RPCs at the Tafel Federal Congress

IFCO supports Food Bank in Lauterbach with vehicle sponsoring

IFCO supports Food Bank in Lauterbach with vehicle sponsoring

IFCO supports Fundación Banco de Alimentos

IFCO supports Fundación Banco de Alimentos

Nürnberger Land Tafel and IFCO: long-term partnership under the banner of WORLDWIDE RESPONSIBILITY

Nürnberger Land Tafel and IFCO: long-term partnership under the banner of WORLDWIDE RESPONSIBILITY

IFCO SYSTEMS ESPAÑA supports Food Bank in Asturia

IFCO SYSTEMS ESPAÑA supports Food Bank in Asturia

IFCO supports the Munich Food Bank

IFCO supports the Munich Food Bank

IFCO Backs Feeding America San Diego Hunger Relief Initiatives with Reusable Plastic Containers

IFCO Backs Feeding America San Diego Hunger Relief Initiatives with Reusable Plastic Containers

IFCO supports the Banco Alimentare

IFCO supports the Banco Alimentare

IFCO’s Andy Beeching runs the Cambridge half marathon for the benefit of the Tower Hamlets Foodbank

IFCO’s Andy Beeching runs the Cambridge half marathon for the benefit of the Tower Hamlets Foodbank

€ 20,000 in donations for the Food Bank Berlin

€ 20,000 in donations for the Food Bank Berlin

IFCO supports the Tower Hamlets Foodbank

IFCO supports the Tower Hamlets Foodbank

IFCO sponsors the first cooling van for Spanish food bank Banco de Alimentos in Madrid

IFCO sponsors the first cooling van for Spanish food bank Banco de Alimentos in Madrid

IFCO Supports Foodshare with Reusable Plastic Containers

IFCO Supports Foodshare with Reusable Plastic Containers

IFCO enables the Wiener Tafel’s environmentally friendly transport of frozen food

IFCO enables the Wiener Tafel’s environmentally friendly transport of frozen food

Second Annual IFCO Charity Golf Invitational Supports National  and Local Charities

Second Annual IFCO Charity Golf Invitational Supports National and Local Charities

IFCO Supports North Texas Food Bank at United Fresh 2012

IFCO Supports North Texas Food Bank at United Fresh 2012

Behind the Curtain at Fruit Logistica

Behind the Curtain at Fruit Logistica

In the Shadows of Wealth

In the Shadows of Wealth

The Collaboration of IFCO Systems Spain and the Food Bank of Madrid

The Collaboration of IFCO Systems Spain and the Food Bank of Madrid

The "Green" Food Collection of the French Food Bank

The "Green" Food Collection of the French Food Bank

Berliner Morgenpost

Berliner Morgenpost

IFCO Partners with Forgotten Harvest in Fight Against Hunger

IFCO Partners with Forgotten Harvest in Fight Against Hunger

IFCO supports Ryan Palmer Foundation

IFCO supports Ryan Palmer Foundation

IFCO expands its Food Bank support

IFCO expands its Food Bank support

IFCO sponsoring delights at the 2011 Tafel Federal Congress in Kassel

IFCO sponsoring delights at the 2011 Tafel Federal Congress in Kassel

2011 IFCO Charity Golf Invitational

2011 IFCO Charity Golf Invitational