Foodbank - "For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink" Matthew 25 v 35
We've been supporting our local Trussell Trust Foodbanks since 2013. They provide a minimum of 3 days emergency food & support to people experiencing crisis in the UK. Food is donated by the local community and given to local people in crisis, as identified by frontline local care professionals.
We also run a local Foodbank Distribution Centre, part of the Hillingdon Foodbank, open weekly on a Tuesday morning (10am - 12 noon) at our Northwood Hills site.
If you need a Foodbank voucher, please contact Hillingdon Foodbank then come along and we will provide you with the bag/s of food - and you're really welcome to stay if you like for a cup of coffee/tea, find information about local resources, and of course have a friendly chat!
If you would like to volunteer or want further details, please see Nigel or Liz.
Information from the Trussell Trust
Between 1st April 2016 and 31st March 2017, The Trussell Trust’s Foodbank Network provided 1,182,954 three day emergency food supplies compared to 1,109,309 in 2015-16. Of this number, 436,938 went to children.
The charity’s report, Early Warnings: Universal Credit and Foodbanks, highlights that although the rollout of the new Universal Credit system for administering benefits has been piecemeal so far, foodbanks in areas of partial or full rollout are reporting significant problems with its impact. Click here to download the report
If you are in a position to help donate food items then we'd be very grateful for your help - there are collection boxes at the back of the Church & in the John Greer Hall at our Eastcote site & another in the Kingsland Hall at the Northwood Hills site where you can donate items on the Hillingdon Foodbank wish list (see below), to help support local people in need. Thank you!
"Today people across the UK will struggle to feed themselves and their families. Redundancy, illness, benefit delay, domestic violence, debt, family breakdown and paying for the additional costs of heating during winter are just some of the reasons why people go hungry."
From the Trussell Trust website.
See their Youtube videos (above).
Hillingdon Foodbank wish list
(From their website August 2017)
URGENTLY NEEDED FOOD ITEMS
INSTANT MASHED POTATO
LONG LIFE JUICE / SQUASH
SUPERMARKET ‘BAG FOR LIFE’
MILK (UHT / DRIED)
THEY'VE GOT PLENTY OF
Items must have at least 3 months shelf life left.