Harvest Appeal – The Broxbourne Foodbank
“The foodbank was there when we really needed it, it was an absolute lifeline.”
The Broxbourne Foodbank believes that no-one in our community should have to face going hungry. That’s why they provide three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to them in crisis. The Broxbourne Foodbank is part of a nationwide network of 428 foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.
1 in 5 people are living below the poverty line in the UK. Every day people on low incomes go hungry for reasons ranging from redundancy to benefit delay, domestic violence or receiving an unexpected bill. Food banks provide emergency food and support. The latest statistics from the Trussell Trust, show that UK foodbank use continues to rise with, in the last year, 1,332,952 three-day emergency food supplies given to people in crisis nationwide, of which 484,026 went to children. In 2016 the Broxbourne Foodbank provided 2,498 emergency food supplies. Foodbanks help to prevent crime, housing loss, family breakdown and mental health problems: a simple box of food can make a big difference.
The Broxbourne Foodbank works in four centres locally, in Waltham Cross, Hoddesdon, Wormley and in Waltham Abbey. The Waltham Abbey Foodbank supports single people, couples and families in Waltham Abbey who find themselves in crisis. By working within the Broxbourne Foodbank, Waltham Abbey Foodbank is able to share the existing experience and expertise but also the resources of the warehouse at the New River Trading Estate in Cheshunt.
The Waltham Abbey Food Bank, a joint initiative by Churches Together in Waltham Abbey, is based at the Salvation Army Hall in Sewardstone Street and has been run from its beginnings in 2014 by volunteers from local churches. The Food Bank is open to clients on Wednesdays and Fridays between 4.30 and 5.30pm. A targeted voucher system is being used so that each client receives food appropriate to their own situation and any dietary needs or allergies can be accommodated. The vouchers are supplied by organisations and service providers already working with clients in crisis, including the Abbey Church.
The Foodbank would be keen to hear from anyone interested in volunteering to help run the scheme.
At Harvest and during October we are donating to the Foodbank items of non-perishable food from their “shopping list”, such as UHT or powdered milk, long life fruit juice, tins of soup, pasta sauces, tinned sponge pudding , tinned tomatoes, tinned vegetables, breakfast cereals, tinned rice pudding, tea bags, jar of instant coffee, instant mash potato, rice (500gms), pasta (500gms), tinned meat/fish, tinned fruit, jar of jam, packets of biscuits, snack bars. They have enough baked beans and sugar! We are also inviting monetary donations to the Foodbank and giving envelopes are available for you to make your donation and to gift aid it if you are able and willing.
You can read more about the Foodbank on the display board around the tower staircase and at www.broxbourne.foodbank.org.uk.
At Harvest and during October please pray for the work of the Foodbank in our community and give generously to support that work. Thank you.