New Day Church Food Hub
As we are progressing out of the Covid era, we have seen a reduction in volunteer and other resources and this has led us to think of a more sustainable way of managing our food support within the local community. The delivery model has been ideal during the pandemic and we have been pleased to support many individuals and family in this way. However, with the anticipated extra need due to the energy crisis and cost of living increases we have changed the way we operate.
The Food Hub provides food support as a community shop/grocery model. This way, we can help more people effectively and it will reduce reliance on traditional food banks. This fits our aim to be a ‘hand up, not a hand out’.
Food Hub will be held at the church building on Ward Street, Lostock Hall on Wednesdays between 10am and 3pm. There will also be the added bonus of a free hot or cold drink and slice of cake!
This way of offering support, restores dignity, promotes independence, allows members freedom of choice and reduces food waste. This is in a similar way to other community food shops across the country.
Food Hub members pay £2.50 and are able to choose 10 items from the shop plus free items such as short dated bread and produce. The value of the bags will be at least £15. We would like to make it very clear, that the money made will go right back into restocking the items we require which are then passed onto clients at the reduced rate. It will not pay staff wages and we will still be largely dependent on volunteers and donations.
For Lostock Hall
We support people living in the ‘PR5 5’ post code area.
We are working closely with the other local food banks and community shops in the Preston and South Ribble, and Chorley. This enables us to sign post referrers to their clients' nearest available food support if they live outside of our catchment area.
To ensure individuals and family are supported holistically, we use a referral system (please see below).
The purpose of our Food Hub is to provide for people who are struggling 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.
The key principle in the operation of Food Hub is:
A Hand Up, Not A Hand Out – This is not just about a top-up shop – Our model is to: Engage / Assess / Support / Transform.
How to Access Food Bank Support
Individuals and families can be 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. A referral form from an agency is required in order to access our support.
How to contact us
Mobile No. 07928 335679
Church Office No. 01772 461454
Link to Facebook page here.
Please note, the mobile phone and email is usually only monitored on Tuesdays and Wednesdays between 9am and 5pm so please bear with us if we are not available to take your call or respond to your email outside of these days.
How to Donate.
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. Please see our notice board at the top of the page for guidance of what we regularly need. If you're interested in finding out how you can support our Food Hub including donating any items, please contact the team by phone or email (contact details below) or alternatively, bring your donations to the collection point at the church on Ward Street, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays between 9.30am and 3pm.
Financial donations are also much appreciated as they allow us to purchase additional food when needed. Please contact us to find out how.
Thank you all!
We couldn't do what we do without the support of our church congregation, the local community, local businesses, supermarkets, FareShare Lancashire and Cumbria, schools, other non-profit organisations and of course our amazing team of volunteers. Thank you for making it possible to help local families in need.