5 Goodgym runners, walkers and cyclists met at Elizabeth House Foodbank this afternoon, to assist with deliveries of food, shopping and essentials. A lot of the parcels were for residents living in the same housing estate as the community centre, easily delivered on foot. Other shopping supplies were taken by bike to households in Finsbury Park, Harringey and Islington.
Within 30-40 minutes, our team had completed all of our available deliveries. Wonderful work everyone!
The lovely folks at the Elizabeth House Foodbank have invited Goodgym back to help with their ongoing community delivery service. The team were super productive over the festive period, and we are happy to continue their excellent work.
This task is will involve deliveries of food and supplies on foot to local households around Islington. Bringing a substantial rucksack could be useful, but not essential.
Area Activator Simon will be present to help with the running of this session.
Ringcross Community Centre has been operating a large foodbank since the start of lockdown, and currently offers food and essentials to over 70 Islington households every week.
Islington Cycle Club have also offered assistance to the project, by arranging a food collection pickup from shops and supermarkets, often using a cargo e-bike.
Goodgym have offered to assist with delivering shopping parcels to various households around Islington (no more than 2 miles from the community centre).
Would you like to be a foodbank cycle courier?
All deliveries will be prepared in advance, with addresses and contact phone numbers attached to the parcels.
You will need:
A method for carrying pretty heavy stuff
This can be pannier bags, or a large rucksack (12 ltrs or larger). Most deliveries would be the size of 4 shopping bags of items, so a larger capacity bag will make your trip easier. A few spare bags will be available to borrow if required.
There are 3 large bags available to borrow if you are without a suitable rucksack!
Some sort of map
Google maps on your phone would be fine.
Confidence when cycling on London streets
We are looking for safe cyclists! Steady, controlled and predictable cycling is preferred over speedy deliveries!
Any questions, feel free to contact Simon Fitzmaurice (Islington Trainer).
The GG Islington crew met up at Elizabeth House Foodbank on Tuesday afternoon this week to help with a round of deliveries on foot for local households. We had a mix of walkers, runners and cyclists on hand to provide hot lunches, weekly shopping and essential items for families and neighbours in the area.
We were super efficient as a team of 5- making short work of the huge pile of shopping bags and crates prepared for us earlier in the day. Within the hour, everything had been dispatched. Smashing work everyone!