Co-founders John Finnegan and Darryn De La Soul established Margate Independent Foodbank in June 2020 in direct response to the COVID19 crisis created by lockdown, with loss of jobs, earnings and an increase in poverty in Margate.
In June 2021 we moved into our current MiCommunity Supermarket premises at 6 Duke Street, Margate, CT9 1EP.
Anyone on a low income is welcome to become a member and use the shop, and if you can’t afford even these low prices we will help you with vouchers to use in the shop.
We currently do not have a more usual Foodbank service running, but hope to change that in the near future.
Margate Independent Foodbank is a registered CIC - Company Number 12774493
Find out more about our founders, John Finnegan and Darryn De la Soul
John oversees the stock, grants and day to day running of the Foodbank and often spends most of his week working behind the scenes. When asked why he does what he does, John, who is also a part time accountant, says ‘they’re finding it hard to pay their rent and feed their children. If I don’t do it who will?’
Darryn oversees deliveries, logistics and grant applications. As a sound engineer, all Darryn’s work came to a standstill during lockdown. She started a foodbank because she did not want to sit around doing nothing during lockdown and feels that her role at the food bank uses all her logistics skills.
Darryn says 'This experience has set me on fire! In the best possible way. Despite the fact I’m in great financial difficulties myself at this time, I have never felt more alive and more filled with purpose. It feels like I’ve found my Calling!'