Swindon church offers more than just prayers, as it collects for foodbank lifeline (From Swindon Advertiser)
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Swindon church offers more than just prayers, as it collects for foodbank lifeline
A HARVEST whip round at a West Swindon church collected more than three trolleys full of donations for the town’s Foodbank.
Each year Freshbrook Evangelical Church marks the cropping season by asking its congregation and local residents to donate groceries for the charity which provides emergency food for Swindon people in crisis.
But this is not a one-off annual contribution from the church as throughout the year its doors are always open for residents to use the premises as a dropping off point.
Food is left in the church foyer and then it is ferried to the charity’s warehouse.
A list of food most in need is also published by the church along with a menu of the types of groceries that the foodbank normally requires.
“If they are low on, say, sugar or tinned meats we will publish that on our website and let our members know,” said Chris Davidson, office manager at FEC.
“Whatever they are short on we try to make sure people are aware.”
The food is given out to people, who have been referred to the organisation through a voucher system, in supermarket bags which are made up of essential items for people’s diet, such as fresh vegetables, tinned fish and lots more.
Chris said another way people can support the charity is by attending one of its supermarket collection days, which are advertised on the foodbank website.
“It makes it easy for people, if they see someone at the front of the store, they can just pop a few extra items into their trolley,” said Chris.
“It’s extremely important to support organisations like this. More and more people need access to this service, unfortunately for a number of reasons.
“It’s important that those who can help with this kind of organisation, to support those who find themselves in need, do actually do it.”
Swindon Foodbank has been supporting people in the town for the last eight years but now the number of service users has reached an all-time high, with its team delivering more than one tonne of food per week.
The organisation relies entirely on donations and to raise money and awareness it hosts a number of events during the year.
On Saturday, October 5 the Foodbank will hold its first Hoe Down where party-goers will be able to enjoy live music, a hog roast, a silent auction and lots more.
For more information visit www.swindonfoodbank.co.uk.
Anyone who wants to leave donations at the church should call in between 9am to 12:30pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursday and Fridays.
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