Jun 25 2013

Harrow Foodbank: Bogus Collectors Asking for Cash

harrow_foodbankHarrow Council is warning residents not to hand over cash donations to Harrow Foodbank on their doorstep, after reports of bogus collectors.

Harrow Foodbank is not doing door-to-door collections and cash should only be donated at an official collection point, or taken to the office by prior arrangement at Holy Trinity Church, 1a Headstone Drive, Wealdstone HA3 5QX. Cheques can be made out to ‘Harrow Foodbank’ and posted to the office.

The foodbank organises and advertises numerous food collection points and previous venues have included Harrow Civic Centre, Waitrose supermarket and other community buildings and churches. All collection points bear official logos and information.

If anyone does arrive on their doorstep asking for money for the foodbank, residents should not give them anything and should alert the police.

Foodbank volunteer Carolyn Rogers said: “Unfortunately we have had a couple of reports of people fraudulently saying they are collecting cash for the foodbank.

“I would remind everyone that we are not carrying out door-to-door collections and we are only collecting at our official points.

“We are obviously also collecting non-perishable food items and a full list of these can be found on our website www.harrow.foodbank.org.uk .”

Harrow Council Leader Cllr Thaya Idaikkadar said: “It is sad that people would use such a worthy cause as pretence to get money from people and I am concerned that vulnerable or elderly residents might feel pressured to hand over cash. Residents should always be wary of anyone who turns up on their doorstep asking for money and should not give them any cash if they are at all suspicious. I would encourage anyone who wants to donate to do so at one of the official collection points.”

The foodbank is being set up by a cohort of churches and others across the borough and is overseen by the Trussell Trust. The foodbank will provide three days of emergency food to local people in crisis with advice and signposting, with the aim of helping them out of crisis. People will have to meet specific criteria and will be referred by one of 12 organisations, including Harrow Citizen Advice Bureau and the Harrow Help Scheme. They will be entitled to up to three food parcels a year and will also be offered advice and support by the agencies that refer them. Harrow Council is promoting the foodbank as part of its commitment to support those most in need in the community.

For more information log onto: www.harrow.foodbank.org.uk, email: info@harrow.foodbank.org.uk or call 020 8863 6131 (part time office)

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