Friday 6 April 2012 1.10 pm
On 28 February our friends at St Pauls Church in Brixton in conjunction with other churches in Brixton and Norwood launched a foodbank.
Every day people in the UK go hungry for reasons ranging from redundancy to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income. Foodbanks provide emergency food supplies for a minimum of three days, and last year the UK foodbank network provided food for over 60 000 people. The new Brixton foodbank is part of this network of Churches and communities providing much needed help to people in crisis in their community.
In just their first month, the Brixton foodbank has helped about 25 people, and has a small team of friendly volunteers from St Pauls and other local churches.
Ben Goodyear, vicar of St Pauls says “Our first month at foodbank has been brillant. We have been able to feed all sorts of people from single mums to homeless guys, refugees to unemployed surveyors. People have been so generous in giving food and time. God has been good!"
At Ascension we’ve been supporting the Brixton foodbank by collecting food items through Lent. If you’d still like to donate they would be happy to receive food from you! The list of items that they need is on their website.
How it works
Schools, churches, businesses and individuals donate non-perishable, in-date food to the foodbank. All food given out by foodbanks is donated. Volunteers at the foodbank sort food to check that it’s in date and prepare food parcels ready to be given to people in need.
Care professionals such as doctors, health visitors, social workers, CAB and police identify people in crisis and issue them with a foodbank voucher, which the clients bring to the foodbank to exchange for their food parcel.