Hunger is not just a developing countries problem thousands of miles away. People pass you every day – families, children, the elderly, the vulnerable, the unemployed…
In Kingstanding many people are living on the edge of poverty. National statistics show that 34% of households in Kingstanding with dependent children have no adult in employment – this is more than double the national average. 31% of adults are claimants of main benefits and 50% have no qualifications.
All it takes is a sudden, unexpected event – a bereavement, illness, redundancy – to throw people into a genuine crisis. This is where the FoodBank can literally be a lifeline to families and individuals who find themselves in this situation.
The Food Bank provides people with the essentials at a time when they need them most, filling the gap of days – or sometimes weeks – before other parts of our social infrastructure can come into play. We collect dried and tinned food through Fareshare, supermarkets, churches, schools and individuals.
Food parcels are made available to local families and individuals sent on referral. Referrals come from registered professionals including doctors, health visitors, church pastoral workers and social workers.
The Food Bank is also able to provide emergency “homeless” packs which include soap, blanket, toothpaste, toilet roll etc. as well as nappies and baby food; packs for those coming out of prison and new parent packs.
Kingstanding Life Café – Every Tuesday and Thursday, while FoodBank is running, enthusiastic and committed volunteers run our Life Café for FoodBank clients. This is an opportunity for clients and agencies to have a nice cuppa, a chat and some signposting help where available. It is important to us to help meet the need of the whole person and to show God’s kindness in many different ways.
Community Lunch –we regularly provide a free buffet lunch to our FoodBank clients and the agencies we work with. We want to bless those who find themselves in tough situations and show them the love of God.
Christmas Meal – we aim to put on a high quality meal for our FoodBank clients with a small gift for the family. Christmas can be a hard time for those in need and so we want to bless them in this way.
What can you do?
Become a Food Bank depositor – add an item from The Food Bank shopping list – eg. a tin of tuna, a packet of pasta, cup-a-soups, jam etc – when you go shopping. Then deposit it in the local Food Bank collection point at:
Elim Life Church Kingstanding, Warren Road, B44 8QD
Tuesdays & Thursdays 12noon – 2.00pm
OR use the Collection Point at Tesco Express, Hawthorn Road/Co-Operative, Hawthorn Road.
OR look out for one of our special collection days at the Co-Operative, Hawthorn Road or Asda, Queslett Road.