Who Are We?
The Brent Food Aid Network (BFAN) is a collaboration of food banks, community kitchens, mutual aid groups and other organisations seeking to reduce food poverty in the London Borough of Brent. BFAN members have worked closely since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in response to a huge increase in levels of food insecurity, and we continue to do so.
We recognise that food aid is not the solution to food poverty, but the need for emergency food aid remains critical in the short term whilst levels of poverty and inequality continue to grow. All our members operate independently but we share the aim of reducing the stigma associated with food aid, whilst working towards ending the need for charitable hand-outs.
BFAN members meet regularly and form Brent Council’s Food Aid ‘Thematic Group’ for the voluntary sector. BFAN meetings are chaired by the Thematic Lead representative organsiation (currently Sufra NW London), which also meets regularly with other voluntary sector Thematic Leads, CVS Brent and Brent Council representatives throughout the year.
Sufra NW London works on the front-line in the fight against hunger and poverty whilst also offering a wide range of services and community-based activities that empower individuals and families to overcome impoverishment and social isolation.
Mutual Aid Food Willesden (MAFW) distributes food and other aid to those in need locally, operating from the food bank in the Pakistan Community Centre (PCC). Every Tuesday our volunteers distribute food and essential items to people in urgent need.
Little Village supports families with babies and children under five living in poverty across London. We run a baby bank network, collecting, sorting and passing on pre-loved clothes and equipment.
Rumi’s mission is to tackle food insecurity and food wastage, serving not only delicious and nutritious food, but nourishing souls with good conversation to those feeling lonely or isolated. Some of their services include free breakfast and lunch, emergency food parcels and a food bank.
Granville Community Kitchen empowers the community through food related activities enabling the South Kilburn community to access nutritious, affordable and sustainable food.
Trussell Trust Brent provide emergency food, support and advice to local people experiencing financial hardship.
Volunteers from local refugee charity Salusbury World have worked with our resident associations, community organisations, mutual aid groups and local businesses such as Cuore Italian Deli , Winkworth and Akoya over the past two years to create food hubs.
Laurence’s Larder provides support through hot meals, food essentials, community comfort and most importantly, someone to speak to. food bank.
Streets Kitchen is a UK and Ireland grassroots group working to help the homeless community, providing daily outreaches with food, clothing and information that benefits our streets.
Sunahs Crisis Team primarily supports those in the community who are homeless, vulnerable adults, children, families and those social isolated or who may be suffering from financial, health or social issues brought on by the pandemic, COVID-19 and the Cost of Living Crisis.