Hunger is not just a third world problem. 13 million people live below the poverty line in the UK. 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 heating during winter are just some of the reasons why people go hungry.
Local food banks are designed to provide a minimum of three days emergency food and support to people experiencing crisis in the UK. Last year the UK foodbank network fed over 60,000 people experiencing food poverty.
Foodbank organisations partner with churches and communities to open new foodbanks nationwide. With over 100 foodbanks currently launched, the goal is for every town to have one.
The local organisation that Grace Church particularly supports is the East Bristol Food Bank.
Schools, churches, businesses and individuals donate non-perishable, in-date food to a food bank. Volunteers sort food to check that it’s in date and pack it into boxes ready to be given to people in need. Frontline care professionals such as doctors, health visitors, social workers, CAB and police identify people in crisis and issue them with a foodbank voucher. Foodbank clients bring their voucher to a foodbank centre where it can be redeemed for three days 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.
Simon & Laura Pugh (pictured right) are our Grace Church Foodbank Co-ordinators. They work closely with the East Bristol Foodbank and are the first point of contact for any questions you might have about getting involved.
We encourage everyone at Grace Church to make food donations to support the foodbank. Simon and Laura collect these every Sunday morning and make a bulk donation to the East Bristol Foodbank. Please bring any donations and drop them in the box available at the back of the meeting hall.
If you are not sure what to donate check out this suggested shopping list . All food must be in-date and non-perishable.
You can contact Simon and Laura directly via firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07875 750892.