BAMIDELE ADEOYE, BCAc
In 2006 Bamidele (Dele) started an informal project for a reliable food bank to be accessed by low income families within the community. Today, with bigger deliveries it is currently assisted by a group of twenty volunteers catering for people from all cultural backgrounds, and including asylum seekers, job seekers and oneparent families – often some of the neediest in society.
Dele personally delivers hampers containing essential grocery items while juggling the role of Food Bank Manager/Delivery Man, with being Pastor of Croydon’s fastest growing church, hospital visitations and Detention Centre visitor. Dele’s inspiration was founded by the generosity of others. When Dele and his wife were about to lose their home, neighbours and friends rallied to support with food and clothing. Dele is now a housing officer and his wife is a nurse, they donate some of their personal income to the foodbank.
Last Christmas 500 hampers were distributed. Dele also impacts the youth in his community through mentoring, career advice and positive behavioural advice that has set very many on the right path to family reconciliation and peaceful living within the community.
Nominated by: Joseph Eden