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
Since 2013 we've been supporting our local Trussell Trust Foodbanks who 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.
If you'd like to help donate food, there are 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 Trussell Trust shopping list & wish list (below), to help support local people in need.
Information from the Trussell Trust
"913,138 people received three days’ emergency food from Trussell Trust foodbanks in 2013-14 compared to 346,992 in 2012-13".
In addition, our Foodbank Distribution Centre, part of the Hillingdon Foodbank, is open weekly on a Tuesday morning (10am - 12 noon) at our Northwood Hills site. If you need a Foodbank voucher, please contact Hillingdon Foodbank for details of where you can get a voucher - then come along with your voucher and we will provide you with the bag/s of food - and you're welcome to stay if you like for a cup of coffee/tea, information about local resources, and of course a friendly chat if you want. If you would like to volunteer or want further details, please see Nigel or Liz.
See more about the Trussell Trust's "40 pence for 40 days" challenge - to help people in crisis this Lent.
Foodbank wish list (November 2015):
Long Life Fruit Juice
Long Life Full Fat Milk
Big Shopping Bags
Instant Mash Potato
NB: Items must have at least 3 months shelf life left.
Thank You! The response to our toiletries appeal was instantaneous. We have replenished our stock of such items at our foodbank distribution centre almost overnight! We'd like to thank all those who donated. We now have enough stock to fulfill our non-food needs for the foreseeable future. (December 2015)
However, if you are in a position to help with food items then we'd be very grateful for any donations - just pop them in our collection boxes: John Greer Hall or Church (Eastcote site) & Kingsland Hall (Northwood Hills site). Thank you!
"Many thanks for your kind donation of 26.6kgs of food received by Harrow Foodbank on the 18th February. This will go a long way to helping the most disadvantaged in our community." (Feb 2015)
"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 one of their Youtube videos (above).
The Joint Public Issues Team (which includes the URC) have published a new report "Enough - our responsibility to meet families' needs" Click here to see the report. (Oct 2015)
JPIT (including the URC) have published a report "Time to Rethink Benefit Sanctions". 2/3/15
Read the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry report into Hunger in the United Kingdom entitled 'Feeding Britain' (December 2014)
Resources called "Faith in Foodbanks" from the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Methodist Church, the URC & Church Action on Poverty have been put together to help churches explore issues raised by foodbanks, and to make connections between the work of these foodbanks and the life, worship and witness of local churches and fellowships. (June 2014)
"Low incomes, unemployment and benefit delays have combined to trigger increased demand for food banks... according to report commissioned by the government (pdf)." See Guardian article 20/02/14.
Truth & Lies ... about Foodbanks - see the Joint Public Issues Team (which includes the URC) blog (Feb 2014).
Links to info about the "Lies we tell ourselves: ending comfortable myths about poverty" report (2013) & the full report (2013).
End Child Poverty report (October 2014) provides some interesting statistics on % of children living in poverty in our area, including:
- Hillingdon Borough: 17.6% before housing costs; 27.6% after housing costs
- Harrow Borough: 18.5% before housing costs; 28.7% after housing costs
- Ruislip, Northwood & Pinner Parliamentary Constituency: 10.2% before housing costs; 16.5% after housing costs
- Uxbridge & South Ruislip Parliamentary Constituency: 15.4% before housing costs; 24.4% after housing costs
- Northwood Hills Ward: 12.8% before Housing costs; 20.3% after housing costs
- Pinner Ward: 13% before housing costs; 20.7% after housing costs
- Northwood Ward: 7.6% before housing costs; 12.4% after housing costs
- Cavendish Ward: 8.8% before housing costs; 14.3% after housing costs
- Eastcote & East Ruislip Ward: 8.2% before housing costs; 13.4% after housing costs
Foodbank food list picture copyright Trussell Trust