Young Barnet Foundation welcomes the recent publicity of Marcus Rashford's campaign to expand holiday food provision.

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Young Barnet Foundation's commitment to addressing Food Poverty in Barnet

The issue of food insecurity and our young people in Barnet going hungry during school holiday periods is sadly not new.   The current Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated the situation and has filed many column inches as the press have highlighted the situation.  The use of foodbanks has been rising over a number of years, a 2019 Independent article highlights this and due to the alarming statistics on how lack of nutritious food can hinder a child's development Young Barnet Foundation committed to helping address the issue of Food Poverty across the Borough to better support our children and young people.


Right now, at the end of 2020, we are calling on residents of Barnet to Support our Foodbanks across the borough and you can read below how Young Barnet Foundation has been supporting the effort. 

Support Barnet's Foodbanks


Members of the Barnet Community are struggling to provide food and essential items for themselves and their families. This is a situation which has been made even more acute by the Covid-19 pandemic.  The Borough of Barnet has 15 foodbanks and all are in need of non-perishable food as well as household and hygiene items to distribute amongst those in need.


If you are able to share some food, cleaning or hygiene products, the foodbanks below are all accepting donations. Some are also accepting monetary contributions.


Locations and opening times for donations are listed below. Please follow @Young_Barnet for more information.


Thank you so much for helping out and making a donation to a local foodbank. Whatever you can share really will make a difference to those in your community and we deeply appreciate your generosity.

Barnet's Foodbanks run by:

  • Barnet Community Projects, Dollis Valley

  • Childs Hill

  • GIFT

  • One Stonegrove, Stonegrove Estate, Edgware

  • Unitas, Burnt Oak

  • Burnt Oak Womens Group & Barnet Refugee Service

  • West Hendon

  • Colindale Foodbank

  • RCCT

  • Muswell Hill

  • Community Network Group

  • Finchley

  • St Barnabas Church, North Finchley.

  • Living Way Ministries, Grahame Park Estate


Young Barnet Foundation tackling holiday hunger.


  • Space2Grow #11 August Activity Fund awarded 6 groups to deliver Activities with Food in August 2020.  Resulting in 303 unique participants receiving meals during the Summer holiday.  

  • Launched the Barnet Community Response Fund, in conjunction with Barnet Together, at the start of the Coronavirus lockdown to fund foodbanks and food distribution across the borough ensuring hundreds of vulnerable families and children got fed.  Read about how the donations of kind residents really did make a difference. 

  • Employed a Holiday Hunger Action lead during 2019 and early 2020 to develop the opportunities for Young Barnet Foundation members to offer activities with food across the school holiday periods. 

  • Supporting the running of the Essentials Supply Hub, now being operated by Barnet Together, to support food distribution to 15 Foodbanks that now operate across the London Borough of Barnet. 

  • Young Barnet Foundation actively contributed to the 2019 Food Secure Barnet Action Plan by Barnet Council

  • CEO Janet Matthewson is part of the Mayors Fund for London / Kitchen Social Advisory Group which seeks solutions to Holiday Hunger on a local level. 




Kitchen Social is one activity & food scheme.  There is funding available to set up new schemes.  For more information on Kitchen Social visit the Mayor Fund for London pages HERE

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