A campaign launched in response to the COVID-19 outbreak has raised over £100,000 for Lewisham Food Bank.   

More than 2,400 people have donated to the mayor of Lewisham’s appeal since it was launched just over a month ago.  

Demand for the food bank’s services has tripled in the wake of the pandemic, with Lewisham’s centre helping more than 3,500 in the last month.  

Many of those people are waiting for the outcome of Universal Credit applications, while the temporary closure of support agencies is putting increased strain on food banks.  

Lewisham Food Bank is spending £4,000 a week on supplies for essential food parcels.  

Mayor of Lewisham, Damien Egan said: “Over the last few weeks we have seen a significant increase in the number of residents experiencing financial and food insecurity.  

“The Food Bank is doing invaluable work to ensure families don’t go hungry and the response we’ve had to the appeal has been a reflection of the fantastic community spirit we have in Lewisham.” 

Carol Bostridge, senior project manager at Lewisham Food Bank said: “We have seen a threefold increase in need, which means we are now helping 1000 people a week.  

“The Mayor’s fund has helped us buy the additional food we need. We are so grateful for Damien’s support, and that of Lewisham council.” 

People giving donations to the appeal have thanked the charity for its “incredible work”. 

A 15-year-old boy donated some of his birthday money to the cause.  

He said: “I’m donating some of my birthday money to people who need help at this time and helping my Mum with her volunteering for the food bank. Joseph aged 15.” 

One said: “It’s a little something to say thank you so much from the bottom of my heart for your help, plenty of blessings. Stay safe.” 

“Fortunate enough to be able to continue working from home in these difficult times. Hope this campaign helps those less fortunate,” another said. 

Another praised her neighbours and a local café.  

She said: “I can’t leave my house for medical reasons.  

“I have been inspired by the extraordinary generosity of my neighbours – especially Hither Green Cafe who brought me a food parcel a few days ago and wouldn’t let me give money for it. Amazing place and owner!”