Our history




Bow Foodbank was established in 2014 to respond to the need for emergency food supplies for people in Tower Hamlets.

The charity was founded by a group of local people, including those from Bow Church, Our Lady & St. Catherine of Siena Church in Bow and from the local Synagogue and Gurdwara. Still today representatives from these groups are involved as trustees.

Originally started in Bow Church, during the pandemic the demand for food grew to such an extent that the charity needed to find new premises. It moved to the Bromley-by-Bow Centre as most of the BBBC’s activities had ceased during the covid crisis.

In 2019, we also opened the Bethnal Green Foodbank at St. Matthews church, but soon had to move to larger premises and were fortunate to be given use of Raine’s Foundation School as the school had closed to pupils.

Bow Foodbank is not a faith-based charity and people from any or no faith can visit the foodbank.

See our latest Annual Review