Stoneleigh Baptist
Stoneleigh Baptist Church

sowing seeds of hope in the community

Food Bank

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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!

November 2017 was their five year anniversary and in that time they have fed nearly 12000 people, providing 160 tonnes of food and giving 200 hours of volunteering a week. They also offer furniture, cooking courses, counselling, support and signposting to other agencies.

foodbank logoThey 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.

You can watch a video about the work of the food bank on YouTube.

What to bring - our general 'wanted list' of long life, in date food is as follows:

  • Tinned or long life sponge puddings
  • Tinned potatoes
  • Tinned fruit
  • Tinned pies
  • Ketchup/ brown sauce
  • Honey/ jam/ chocolate spread
  • Treats
  • Biscuits
  • Shampoo/ conditioner
  • Soap
  • Feminine products
  • Baby toiletries/ food
  • Dried rice
  • Sugar
  • Condiments - small size oil, salt, pepper, mixed herbs, vinegar

Foodbank Food Swap: We are once again supporting the Foodbank Food Swap as we did last Summer. We have received from them 2 crates of excess items and a couple of empty crates. As a congregation we are invited to take home a tin of beans (various varieties) or porridge and in return donate an item that is urgently needed (see list below). The crates will be returned to The Foodbank when they are full. We will be running this until the end of August. The current needs are:

  • Clothes washing powder/ liquid
  • Adult toothpaste
  • Shaving foam
  • Ladies' deodorant
  • Mens' deodorant
  • Shower gel
  • Washing-up liquid
  • Pasta sauce
  • Cereal (not porridge)
  • Dried milk
  • Instant mash
  • Tinned fruit
  • Tinned meat pies
  • UHT Milk (green & blue only)
  • Long life sponge puddings
  • Custard
  • Peanut butter
  • Long-life fruit juice
  • Bottles of fruit squash
  • Small bags sugar
  • Holiday treats (chocolat/ sweets/ crisps)

 

 

You may also wish to consider either a monetary donation to enable the Foodbank to continue supporting local people in crisis, or a gift card to be given to people using the Foodbank.

Many thanks for your support

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