News from Godmanchester FoodBank August 2017 Godmanchester FoodBank approaches its fifth birthday in September and sadly there seems little sign of any decrease in the need for foodbank help and if anything we are seeing a steady increase in demand. GFB is not an ‘on demand’ food bank. We are an ‘emergency foodbank’ so we supply food help in response to a referral by an agency such as Social Services, a Children’s Centre or a Housing Association where a client is in crisis. We can only do this because so many local people, local businesses and churches donate food to the FoodBank. Our recent special collection event at Tesco Sapley brought in 1700 kg of food and the donation basket by the door brings in several hundred kilogrammes of food each month. Churches all across the Huntingdonshire area make regular collections and these donations produce about 100 kg each month. This level of support is fantastic but by comparison in a typical month the FoodBank will issue around 800 kg of food to our clients. During the school summer holidays the FoodBank is operating a scheme in conjunction with local primary schools to help some families who (without the benefit of free school meals and / or breakfast clubs) would be in difficulties when schools are on holiday. Finally, September also sees a big change in the way the FoodBank operates. Our partner Foodbank Centres at Sawtry and Yaxley are both making the step to become independent foodbanks in their own right. This is a big step for the volunteers who work there are Godmanchester FoodBank will be supporting them throughout. We value the donations and support that we receive from All Saints’ Church, Hartford and we hope that people will be able to keep up that support in the months ahead. If you would like to find out more about the FoodBank and how it works or would like to consider volunteering with us then please contact me at the email address shown below. Peter Levitt Administrator Godmanchester FoodBank foodbank@godmanchesterbaptist.org
News from Godmanchester FoodBank August 2017 Godmanchester FoodBank approaches its fifth birthday in September and sadly there seems little sign of any decrease in the need for foodbank help and if anything we are seeing a steady increase in demand. GFB is not an ‘on demand’ food bank. We are an ‘emergency foodbank’ so we supply food help in response to a referral by an agency such as Social Services, a Children’s Centre or a Housing Association where a client is in crisis. We can only do this because so many local people, local businesses and churches donate food to the FoodBank. Our recent special collection event at Tesco Sapley brought in 1700 kg of food and the donation basket by the door brings in several hundred kilogrammes of food each month. Churches all across the Huntingdonshire area make regular collections and these donations produce about 100 kg each month. This level of support is fantastic but by comparison in a typical month the FoodBank will issue around 800 kg of food to our clients. During the school summer holidays the FoodBank is operating a scheme in conjunction with local primary schools to help some families who (without the benefit of free school meals and / or breakfast clubs) would be in difficulties when schools are on holiday. Finally, September also sees a big change in the way the FoodBank operates. Our partner Foodbank Centres at Sawtry and Yaxley are both making the step to become independent foodbanks in their own right. This is a big step for the volunteers who work there are Godmanchester FoodBank will be supporting them throughout. We value the donations and support that we receive from All Saints’ Church, Hartford and we hope that people will be able to keep up that support in the months ahead. If you would like to find out more about the FoodBank and how it works or would like to consider volunteering with us then please contact me at the email address shown below. Peter Levitt Administrator Godmanchester FoodBank foodbank@godmanchesterbaptist.org