In response to the recent parish census we as a parish are supporting our local foodbank.
There is a collection point in the church porch for food donations. Each week all that we collect is delivered to the Richmond foodbank.
Opening times and further details can be found on the foodbank website. If you need foodbank assistance please contact Fr. Ulick.
How a foodbank works –
Food is donated
The main way that food is donated is though ‘Supermarket Collections’. These collections engage the public at supermarkets where they are met by volunteers who give them a ‘foodbank shopping list’ and ask them to buy an extra item with their shop, which is then donated to the foodbank. Schools, churches, businesses and individuals also donate non-perishable, in-date food to the foodbank. All food given out by foodbanks is donated.
Food is sorted and stored
Once collected, the food is sorted by volunteers who check it’s in date and pack it into boxes ready to be given to people in need.
Frontline professionals identify people in need
Care professionals such as doctors, health visitors, social workers, Citizens Advice Bureau staff, welfare officers, Youth Workers, Clergy, the police and proabation officers amongst others identify people in crisis and issue them with a foodbank voucher.
Clients receive food
Foodbank clients bring their voucher to a foodbank centre where it can be exchanged for three days supply of emergency food. Volunteers meet clients over a cup of tea or free hot meal and are able to signpost people to agencies able to solve the longer-term problem.
Why do we need foodbanks?
There are many reasons for the current need for foodbanks, some simple, some complex. A thoughtful explanation is found in the thinking faith journal entry by Paul Chitnis.
What types of food are needed?
All types of non-perishable food are needed. A shopping list can be found here.
How else can I help?
Help is needed in many ways from donations of food, time, skill, to money. See the get involved page of the foodbank website.