January Newsletter

31st January 2019


We are appealing for Oyster cards. If you have any spare cards please do bring them in to one of our Foodbank distribution points and we will top them up with £1.50. We will then distribute them to clients who would otherwise struggle to get their food home.

A big thank you to all the schools who continue to find ways to donate to our Foodbank. A special thank you to pupils and staff from St Gabriel’s college who came in to drop off donations on Tuesday, 22nd January. Not only did pupils donate food items but they had raised £800 too!

We would like to thank all our volunteers who helped to weigh and date stock on Monday, 21st January.
A special thanks to the volunteers from Engie for giving corporate volunteering hours and helping so enthusiastically and with so much energy! If your company would like to volunteer some corporate hours please do get in touch.

It was a pleasure to meet Isabella whose boiler had broken and therefore had to use expensive electric heaters to warm  her house.
She told one of our volunteers “all my money goes on keeping myself and my little girl warm and it has left me without any money for food this week. We would be starving without Foodbank, I can’t put into words how thankful I am”.
On this occasion we also managed to arrange an engineer to come fix Isabella’s boiler which really made her day!

Finding a way to support our Foodbank as part of the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme is a piece of cake for Jeremie.
Every Saturday over a period of six months, Jeremie has pledged to bring in a cake that he has made himself to serve to clients.
Jeremie, you’re an inspiration! The clients love it so much, the cake is often gone within seconds.

As the temperature drops we want to ensure our clients are well provided for. That is why we are gratefully receiving new hot water bottles (with covers) to help keep clients warm at night.
Another request is for donations of shopping trolleys which are a huge help for clients who can sometimes struggle to carry heavier items of food home.
If you are able to help with either item please drop them off at our Streatham warehouseon any Saturday between 9-11 am.

We are requesting donations of reusable canvas bags to help us pack our clients’ food parcels. Not only are these stronger than the plastic bags but they are also environmentally friendly and can be returned by our clients should they need to use our service again in the future.


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