With the increasing number of people who find themselves needing basic grocery supplies the foodbank initiative is an exciting opportunity to serve people.
Epsom and Ewell Churches opened a food bank towards the end of 2012 and in the ensuing 12 months they fed 1679 people (948 adults and 731 children), prayed for 90% of them, issued 662 vouchers (401 via Epsom CAB, their biggest distributor), opened three distribution centres, trained over 135 volunteers, collected over 26 tonnes of food, worked with over 65 local agencies, talked with 1,000's of people about the work and raised enough money to survive!
Now, they report they have fed an amazing 6,000+ people since they first opened and last year distributed 33 tonnes of food.
In September a new six-week course is being launched, Eat Well Spend Less, a Trussell-created course designed for people on low incomes to learn basic cooking and budgeting skills.
They are always looking for volunteers and food donations. Please look at the information available in the atrium and on the websites www.trusselltrust.org or www.epsomewell.foodbank.org.uk if you would like to know more.
Their 2013 newsletter is available here to download.
You can also watch a video about the work of the food bank on YouTube.
What to bring - our 'wanted list' of long life, in date food is as follows:
Following a very successful harvest festival, supermarket collection and continued generosity of the local community, the Epsom & Ewell Foodbank are unable to accept general donations until the end of January. However, they would appreciate receiving donations of the following items which are currently low:
Many thanks for your support