Help us to feed the hungry The Long Eaton and Sawley foodbank, a ecumenical Christian charity, has been set up for the distribution of food parcels to the needy in the area.
The recession, rising prices and changes to the benefits system has meant more and more people are struggling to put food on the table. Most of the those who come to foodbanks are not homeless. They are people who have hit hard times, who've been made redundant, become ill or are experiencing benefit delay.
Foodbanks provide emergency food supplies for three days, in exchange for vouchers, obtained from front-line care professionals, such as health visitors, social workers, church and community workers. All the food provided is donated by the public, schools, churches, firms, supermarkets and catering firms.
The Long Eaton and Sawley foodbank is the latest one of 400 foodbanks in the UK working in partnership with The Trussell Trust, a Christian-based charity.
“We know there is a definite need for a foodbank serving Long Eaton and Sawley, because foodbanks operating in Beeston and Ilkeston have been supplying clients from this area, and also from what the Jobcentre has told us," said Rev. Philip Waller, joint project manager of the Long Eaton and Sawley foodbank.
The number of hungry families forced to beg for food handouts has doubled to almost 130,000 in a year. The Trussell Trust issued 128,697 emergency food handouts in the 12 months to April, up from 61,468 the previous year and just 26,000 four years ago when the credit crunch struck.
Volunteers needed Volunteers are needed to work in the foodbank centre at Christ Church Methodist Church on Derby Road, Long Eaton, help with supermarket food donation collections, driving a van or organising tasks. You can volunteer for anything from a few hours at an event to a few hours a week. If you have a specific skill you can offer we'd like to hear from you.
It is shocking that there is such a great need for foodbanks in 21st century Britain, but the need is growing and that’s why we need your help.
The foodbank was opened in October 2012.
Contribute For donations please make cheques out to Long Eaton and Sawley foodbank and send them to K. Goodman, Assistant Treasurer (foodbank), 59 Briar Gate, Long Eaton, Nottinghamshire. NG10 4BQ.
Any contribution, large or small will make a difference.
Food donations The foodbank is collecting non-perishable food items. Your gift of tinned or dried food (within sell-by date and in good condition) will get those in need over the worst. They can include:
*Milk (UHT or powdered) *Cereals *Fruit juice (carton) *Rice / pasta *Pasta sauces *Sugar (500g) *Soup *Sponge pudding (tinned) *Tomatoes (tinned) *Rice pudding (tinned) *Instant mash potato *Instant coffee *Tea bags *Tinned meat / fish *Tinned fruit *Jam *Biscuits or snack bars
Download and Print a copy of our Shopping List here.
Eligibility To be eligible for assistance you will need to present a food voucher (available from social workers, health workers, probation officers, and church pastoral workers), plus ID and proof of residency (utility bill or rent receipt).
LocationChrist Church, Derby Road (Corner of College Street), Long Eaton, Nottinghamshire. NG10 4NE.