Bamidele Adeoye, BCAc

Dele (pictured with Badley Walsh and Dame Mary Perkins) was honoured with his BCA for Services to the Community in January 2017. It was back in 2006 when Dele realised that there were a large number of people on the fringes of society, such as rough sleepers, asylum seekers and those in need but not in the benefit system, who could not access mainstream foodbanks. So, he took it upon himself to create a food bank accessible to all. Now, because of Dele’s commitment, Croydon’s neediest have somewhere to turn for food when they need it. (To read more about Dele, go to the Roll of Honour for January 2017)

FOOD BANK – ONE STOP STORES

As the second national lockdown in England starts to take hold and with Christmas just around the corner, we wanted to put the Spotlight on food poverty and the inexorable rising need for Food Banks.

Over our five-year history, The British Citizen Award is proud to have recognised a number of individuals for their involvement in, or development of, Food Banks.

At this time especially, but also immediately after Christmas too, if you are able to donate food please give generously. In addition to all the staples which include long life produce and pasta, rice and tinned goods – please remember that food poverty affects the whole family, so if you can include sweet treats, we are sure they will be very well received.

As hard as Marcus Rashford is working to end child food poverty – for which we commend him – together, we can all help to end food poverty for good. BCA Partner, One Stop, collects food donations in many of its stores and last year this resulted in 25,915 much needed meals for families that needed help. If you can, give generously and make the end of 2020 happier for many.