Monday, 4 January 2016

FOODBANK NEWSLETTER

Happy New Year!


Oh what a busy Christmas, right up to and including Christmas Eve the foodbanks have been feeding clients, distributing food and taking in generous donations from all sources. The phone calls and emails have been flooding in from individuals, companies, charities, agencies, all donating products and financial donations. Our warehouse has now over 18 tons of donations.

It has been good to meet many people as I’ve been speaking at groups in various places all amazed at what we do and the people that we feed, I’m afraid there is still an ignorance of the types of people
we feed and look after. Whatever some of the red top papers may say there are people in all walks of life living in all of our communities in crisis.

Please read on and see what has been going on…

God bless

Ian Birchmore – Project Manager

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Christmas!


New Agencies coming on board!  We are training up and talking to new distributors from the social
sector as well as charities dealing with social issues. The Christmas Day lunch organized once again by Mydudu at Whittington Moor church was helped out with excess biscuits and chocolates given by some of our suppliers and individuals. This annual event not only supplied a cooked meal but entertainment and presents, all part of the day to make people living alone welcome.

Thanks to some of the towns estate agencies and building societies who had collections for us. Thanks especially to Frank Innes, Blundells & Bradford Building Society for their grand efforts. Thankyou!

Maya & Jackson, two children under the age of ten went around their family and friends to collect food delivered to one of the foodbanks. There was enough food to feed at least 5 people for three days, well done guys! Thankyou!

Teddy Bears from a large manufacturer/store have been distributed to individuals as well as through CBC Neighbourhoods Team. Thankyou!

Colouring Books & Pens from an unknown donator at The Gates added to clients Christmas for their children. Thankyou!

A fantastic amount of Chocolate from the Chesterfield Guides Carol Service added to treats. Thankyou!

Chesterfield Labour Club Many thanks for the coffee morning organized by the members who
raised £100 on the day plus food donations. This is apart from their ongoing contributions. Thankyou!

If we have left anyone out please forgive us, and thankyou!

Every little helps…


The question “What happens to food that you cant give out?” is often asked…  Well, excess food either not required or about to expire in date is regularly donated to one of our homeless food providers here in Chesterfield. We receive a lot of surplus products from local stores and suppliers, most cant be given to clients because of weight or type of product. The soup kitchen and other local providers are recipients to keep their clients fed.
Floods Support
Trussell Trust foodbanks nationally offered to help those in flood hit areas around the country, because of local generosity at present this hasn’t been required.

Warehouse


Once again our team of volunteer staff have succeeded in keeping up with the ongoing donations of
food and sundries.  We enjoyed the official opening of the warehouse on Sheepbridge by Toby Perkins MP for Chesterfield who with his staff have always shown support and interest. Rev Mark Broomhead, who initially came up with the idea of starting the foodbank along with Ben Martin,
opened with a prayer.

Tesco National Food collection


What a brilliant turn out for this collection, I want to thank every one of the volunteers who gave up their time to hand out leaflets and collect in the donations as they arrived. We took in over 3.5 tons into the warehouse and a special thankyou to Peter and his valiant team of volunteers who transported, stacked and processed all the donations including those coming in all the time from other areas.
Chesterfield people are so generous, this year we had more understanding of the issues and who the goods were going to. Not only food but toiletries and treats of chocolate, people were even asking what extras were needed such as female hygiene products (not luxury items!).


National Trussell Trust News



"You've helped me, I'm proud I can now give back..."
That's what one woman told us when donating food during last week's Neighbourhood Food Collection with Tesco. She was grateful for the help she had received from one of our foodbanks in the past, and now she was back on her feet, she felt she was able to give back and was proud to do so.
Public generosity was incredible as ever, with 3.7 million meals collected nationally over the three-day event, which will help to support people struggling with food poverty this Christmas.This means that since the collection began in 2012, more than 30 million meals have been collected for people in crisis. It was inspiring to hear so many stories of generosity; from people donating trolley loads of food to giving gift cards of money. View some of the highlights from the three-day collection in the social media round-up.
If you donated food or gave up your time to volunteer – thank you. You’ve helped to make a difference to someone in crisis this festive season.


(we echo that, several of the people helped over the last 2.5 years brought bags of donations to us to say thank you for helping them)
 
Giving!

To help with the ongoing running costs of the foodbanks we are always ready to accept financial donations, however large or small, by Gift aiding we can recoup the tax to add to it. Forms are available and can be posted or emailed out. Our on line giving is being overhauled at present on the website.
If you are able to help then please contact Ian on

07984 589456 or info@chesterfield.foodbank.org.uk and he will arrange for direct debit
information to be forwarded. Thank you!