Tower Hamlets Foodbank

Each donation to the Tower Hamlets foodbank goes a long way to help make a difference to the lives of people facing crisis.


Meet Martin

Speak to anyone who’s ever visited Tower Hamlets Foodbank in desperate times and it’s almost certain that Martin Williams’ name will be mentioned. He’ll probably be called an angel or a hero.


Meet Terene

Terene’s world fell apart when she was unable to keep working due to her 9-year-old daughter’s escalating health issues.


About the First Love Foundation

We’re here so no one has to face crisis alone. Since 2010, we’ve helped thousands of people in one of the UK’s most deprived boroughs get their  lives back on track. We’re more than a foodbank – that’s just one of the things we do.


We work to tackle hidden hunger in Tower Hamlets, by providing emergency food support to people facing crisis.

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Together with our partners, we provide advice and support to help people get back on the path to living sustainable lives.

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Tower Hamlets in numbers


most deprived ranking*

Out of the 326 local authorities in England Tower Hamlets is 99% more deprived than all others and ranked 3rd in the country.

* IMD 2010


Children living in poverty*

Tower Hamlets has the highest rate of child poverty anywhere in the U.K.

*End Child Poverty 2014


Low income households*

Out of all Tower Hamlets’ households, 20% have a combined income of £15,000 per year.

*Tower Hamlets Fairness Commission


Disparity of income*

A fifth of Tower Hamlets’ residents are paid less than the Living Wage (£13,650) which is 86% less than an average Canary Wharf worker’s salary.

*London Poverty Profile

How you can help

Want to help the local community? There are different ways to get involved.

Donate money

We know that not everyone has the time to volunteer with us or organise a food collection. You can help us support people in crisis by donating money today.

Donate time

We have a very small team, so any time you can give will make a difference – from helping at our office, assisting at our foodbank, or sorting food at our warehouse. We couldn’t do it without you.

Donate products

We always need donations of non-perishable foods and toiletries. From a few cans to an office food collection, we appreciate every donation and it goes a long way to make a difference.

“I feel like I have a voice and I feel like my voice is being heard. It’s not a whisper anymore.”

single mum of three

“I’m so very grateful to the First Love Foundation charity – and for the great and important work that they do for other people.”

mother of two

“I think you need to walk a mile in somebody’s shoes before you start judging them because everyone’s situation is different.”

single mother of one

How you can help

Want to help the local community? There are lots of different ways to get involved.


We can't do it alone

We work with the Child Poverty Action Group, the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and a network of over 250 organisations. Together, with our corporate partners, volunteers, local schools and churches we transform lives and work towards building a stronger community.



Want to refer someone?

If your organisation would like to refer someone in crisis, get in touch to find out how you can partner with us.


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