Thank you for your support of foodbank.
Whilst it seems early to be collecting for Christmas we do need the bulk of our Christmas items to be with us no later than the last week in November, to give us time to sort and distribute to our centres.
For Christmas we would be grateful for small items of Christmas fayre (always in sealed packets please and with a ‘Best Before’ date of at least 31st January, 2018.
We have very good stocks of all other items and would ask you to please donate items from the list.
Please find attached our December 2017 shopping list which goes back to the basic items we need throughout the year. As you know, we really need all Christmas items no later than the first week in December and it would be very helpful if you deliver food to us if it could be with us by then. If you receive Christmas items after this date do please bring them in as we can still use them after Christmas.
Thank you so much for your help and support throughout 2017. It is much appreciated.
As you know church donations account for approximately 36% of the food donated to us. We would certainly struggle to feed our clients without your donations. Over the last three years our donor churches have proved very loyal. When we started foodbank we did wonder whether contributions would tail off as time went on but that has not been the case, in fact new church donors have started collecting.
There are other ways to support us in addition to providing food. Whilst all the food is donated we do have other expenses we have to cover, transport costs, administration and printing, postage, warehouse costs and, of course, we now have to pay rent on our warehouse. It currently costs us something over £2,500 per month to cover these expenses. The foodbank actively seeks as much grant aid as we can get but in many cases grants have provisions which means we have to provide some of the money from our own resources.
About 2½ years ago we set up a Supporters’ Group to enable people who wanted to give us financial support (in addition to or instead of food donations) to help us on a regular basis. We have not really promoted this widely but feel that now is the right time to make others aware of the group.
TEDDY BEAR CLUB every Wednesday 9:30am - find out more!
(Term time only)
Christmas Foodbank request
Find out more HERE
Abbeyfield Community Friendship mornings - see News page
See the Services page for information of upcoming services
See main home page for links to upcoming events