The food bank saving surplus food from landfill to give ‘dignified’ support to struggling families

Before the 3Food4U hub in Chigwell, Essex, opens to service users lined up outside, there’s a buzz in the air. Music is playing from a loudspeaker and locals are talking to one another as they wait to do their weekly shop.

Pesh Kapasiawala, 54, the founder of the charity and its chair of trustees, tells i many of the people happily chatting away to one another now didn’t know each other before coming to 3Food4U.

The organisation is providing not just essential food items but much-needed social interaction and community for those that use it.

“People have become really, really isolated in the last couple of years,” Mr Kapasiawala, who started the service during the first Covid lockdown in June 2020 for people in desperate need, says.

Pesh Kapasiawala, founder and chair of trustees, 3Food4U, set up the charity after seeing how people were desperate for support during the pandemic
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