EALING Food Bank has had its busiest year and distributed the most food ever.

Staff assisted more than 42,000 people in the past 12 months. The year before, it was named the busiest in London.

Food donations can be dropped off at the warehouse in Hanwell on Wednesdays from 10am-4pm or at other points.

To use the food bank, you will need a voucher. Click here for information on how and where you might get one.

Or call the national Citizens Advice line on 0808 208 2138, Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm.

Food banks are located at Oak Tree Anglican Fellowship in Acton High Street; Ealing Green Church; Greenford Baptist Church in Beechwood Road; St Mellitus Church, Church Road, Hanwell; St Barnabus C of E Church, The Fairway, Northolt; St Nicholas Church, Federal Road, Perivale; St Anselm’s RC Church, The Green, Southall; and Unit 13, Cranleigh Gardens, Southall.

You can also access food initiatives via the link below:

Community Support Directory - Do Something Good

An example of a local initiative includes, for example:

South Ealing Community (SEC) Food Cupboard

NE Door of St Mary’s Church, St Mary’s Road, Ealing W5

020 8759 7134. Website: www.stmarysealing.org.uk

It offers surplus food items to anyone who would like to come and collect them for their personal use.   It is a community project set up to reduce waste.

A group of local volunteers receives/collects surplus food from the supermarkets and makes it available for free.

Cllr Gary Busuttil, Opposition spokesperson on finance and resources, said: “It is important to ask for help if you need it. There are many great organisations able to help you.”