Wandsworth Community Food Bus

The issue

In Wandsworth there are large communities living in severe deprivation with little access to fresh food at affordable prices. 

In 2016-2017 the number of people receiving emergency food from Wandsworth Food Bank increased by 16%, equating to nearly three times more than the annual increase reported by the Trussell Trust nationally. In Roehampton and Battersea, child poverty rates are 32.7% and 29.3% respectively.

According to Wandsworth Council’s Child Poverty Strategy, deprivation affecting children is increasing relative to the national picture, with 30% of under 15s living in some degree of poverty.

The Community Food Bus

The Wandsworth Community Food Bus is a converted double decker bus that will provide good quality, affordable, fresh food to communities in areas of high deprivation in Wandsworth, which have been identified as food deserts (places with no affordable food shops selling nutritious food) or food swamps (places with high density of outlets selling unhealthy food). The bus will have a regular route around the borough, and will include a social supermarket, a community cafe and a space for community advice and services. The bus will create a festival atmosphere, with events such as community meals and cooking demonstrations.

Crucially, it will also provide an additional support service for people at risk of food poverty in the borough, empowering them to make better food choices, improve health outcomes and reduce social isolation.

The proposed food bus locations all fall within the 20 or 30% most deprived wards in the UK (Index of Multiple Deprivation, 2015)

Read the design brochure here

Lend your support

We have provisionally secured capital funding from the Greater London Authority- Good Growth Fund to purchase and refurbish the double decker bus and are now seeking financial support for the first 2 years of operation before the bus can become self sustaining.

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