MEDWAY FOODBANK REPORT FOR PARISH VIRTUAL AGM ON SUNDAY 29th MARCH 2020
The Medway Foodbank is part of the Trussell Trust’s network of 428 foodbanks, working to tackle food poverty and hunger in local communities, as well as across the UK. The Trussell Trust Foodbank Network was founded in 2004 after four years of developing the original foodbank based in Salisbury. Since then The Trussell Trust has helped communities work together to launch foodbanks nationwide in a wide range of towns and cities. The organisation thinks that that nobody in our local community should have to face going hungry. So that’s why it provides three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to them in a time of crisis. If you want more information on how the Medway Foodbank operates then please visit their website on: medway.foodbank.org.uk.
Aim of the Group: The Medway Foodbank can only operate properly with the support and generosity of local churches, schools and organisations who provide them with donations of food and other essential items throughout the year. Our donations during Lent, Harvest time and during Advent are always gratefully received at the Foodbank Warehouse.
What has been achieved? : I’m delighted to tell you that during 2019 our parishioners and schools donated 1.279 metric tonnes of food and essential items to Medway Foodbank. To donate over a tonne of food and essential items is a fantastic achievement! A HUGE THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR YOUR GENEROSITY AND KINDNESS TO THOSE IN NEED IN MEDWAY.
Hopes and plans for the coming year: In 2020 we will be collecting foodstuffs once again on the following dates:
|LENT||Lenten Foodbank shopping lists attached to newsletters March 14th/15th
Items donated from March 21st – March 29th 2020
|HARVEST||Harvest Foodbank shopping lists attached to newsletters October 3rd & 4th
Items donated from Oct 10th – October 18th 2020
|ADVENT||Winter Foodbank shopping lists attached to newsletters November 7th/8th
Items donated from November 14th – Nov 22nd 2020
I also hope that in 2020 the following things could develop:
- That we can encourage more parishioners to volunteer to help out locally at The Net Café on Thursday mornings (alongside volunteers from Pip and Jim’s Church.)
- That parishioners would be willing to sort out donations for a few hours when we have our special supermarket weekend collections twice a year.
- That our Church would be able to host one of the Medway Foodbank and Christians Against Poverty Prayer and Praise evenings in 2021.
Please contact Trisha Mineham on 01634 686774 for further details about volunteering at the Medway Foodbank