Foodbank At New Day Church
Food Bank Continues!
Food Bank is as important as ever particularly at this crisis time with coronavirus. We will continue to try to maintain the service as long as we have the resources, so please keep your donations of food or finances coming.
Our volunteers will be at the church building Monday to Wednesday between 9am and 1pm to accept donations. If you would like to donate and cannot get to the church at this time, please contact us on 01772 461454 or 07928 335679.
We are also on Facebook. Click here to visit our page.
Thank you all!
Many thanks again to the local supermarkets this week who have donated to us. This includes Asda Clayton Green, Asda Towngate Leyland, Tesco Extra Leyland, Morrisons Leyland and Co-Op Lostock Hall. Sophie the Community Champion for Morrisons, Bamber Bridge (pictured left) provided their weekly donation which this week included rice, porridge pots, milk & bread.
We are very grateful to our local community who continue to bring in donations - we really do appreciate it. Another thank you to Rebecca who baked more cakes for our clients and volunteers. What a lovely treat!!
We would also like to thank our amazing Food Bank coordinator Wendy (pictured right). The service just would not be the same without her. She does everything from answering our phones, taking referrals, collecting donations, sorting, delivering to clients and everything in between. To learn a bit more about our wonderful volunteers, check out our facebook page.
You'd be amazed the different circumstances the volunteers have to deal with. We provide various types of bags for families, large families, single people and those having special dietary requirements including diabetic, vegetarian, food intolerances and halal. Well done to all the team who manage this so well!
In the last month, we have become aware of the desperate needs of some clients when we go out on food deliveries. In response we have set up a campaign on Just Giving for basic practical items and white goods. Please read the information on the link below and donate if you can. Thank you!
We are currently helping over 70 individuals and families per week, so your donations whether in items or financial are very much appreciated and needed. We are registered with 'Just Giving'; if you would like to donate in this way, please press the 'Donate with Just Giving' button at the top of this page. Thank you to everyone who has donated so far especially those from the Gregson Lane Folk Club who support us regularly financially.
A huge thank you to the B&M Home Store in Leyland, the Community Foundation for Lancashire and Progress Housing Association for awarding us some amazingly generous financial grants in April and May. This has been great news for us! As we see referrals shooting up we are now increasingly dependent on grants and financial donations to buy food since Covid is limiting how people can donate food and local business have had to close as food collection points.
Thank you to B&M for their grant of £1,500 as part of their food bank donation programme.
Thanks to the Community Foundation and National Emergencies Trust for their grant of £2,700 from their Lancashire Covid-19 Community Support Fund.
Thanks to Progress Housing for their grant of £500 from their Community Investment Emergency Fund.
All this generous support has already blessed so many local families by enabling us to increase the number of food parcels we are able to deliver during this national emergency.
The purpose of our Food Bank is to provide provisions for people who are struggling to provide for themselves due to financial limitations as a result of various circumstances. Our service is designed to be a hand up, supporting individuals and families in need through engagement and support as they stabilise their financial situation.
Two key principles in the operation of Food Bank are:
A Hand Up, Not A Hand Out – This is not just about free food – Our model is to: Engage / Assess / Support / Transform.
Home Delivery Model – Teams of fully trained volunteers deliver direct to the homes of the people needing our help.
To enable us to support our local community, we regularly need donations of non-perishable food items, toiletries, household cleaning items, pet food and other pet essentials. If you're interested in finding out how you can support our Food Bank including donating any items, please contact the team by phone or email or altenatively bring items to the collection point at the church in Ward street on Tuesday mornings, 9am - 1pm.
How to Access Food Bank Support
Our Food Bank covers the following areas: Lostock Hall, Penwortham, Bamber Bridge, Clayton Brook and Leyland.
Clients are referred to us by a range of agencies such as health and social care professionals, support workers, schools, Christians Against Poverty (CAP), housing associations and Citizens Advice.
For other information about New Day Church Food Bank, please take a look at our April 2020 Newsletter.