Organisers behind a planned local Foodbank, the Wellington Churches Together group, intend to begin collections from customers at Waitrose on Thursday and Friday this week and launch distribution very soon afterwards.
According to the Trussell Trust, a lead charity in this sector, 325 UK towns now have a foodbank. Last year British foodbanks fed 346,992 people nationwide. Of those helped, 126,889 were children. Rising costs of food and fuel combined with static income, high unemployment and changes to benefits are causing more and more people to come to foodbanks for help.
At a recent planning meeting the WCT volunteers made details preparations for the scheme. Notes from the meeting below:
“In Wellington it would be necessary to provide only a small ground floor secure storage area, with access to a kitchen. Boxes of food collected from the churches, would be delivered to the storage site, then taken to Taunton for sorting into the crates. These would then be returned to Wellington for distribution.
“The United Reformed Church is being ‘measured up’ as a possible ground floor storage area. A local voluntary manager Christine Silverlight offered her services to co-ordinate a list of volunteers, who were invited to complete the application forms.
“It was hoped only one afternoon per week on either a Wednesday or Thursday for two hours to avoid conflicting with Taunton, would be necessary, with 4 volunteers on duty at any one time. Tabards would be provided. CRB checks would not be necessary but a reference would be required.
“In answer to questions about ‘ownership’ we were assured that this scheme would be with Taunton Foodbank. Donations and cheques would be made out to Taunton Foodbank. It was not necessary all volunteers needed church connections, but Christians could offer to pray with clients.
“At the meeting on Wednesday 8th May 7.30 pm at the Methodist Church CTW representatives will be asked to finalise the arrangements for launching the Wellington Foodbank. There will be collections from customers at Waitrose on 10th/11th May, and volunteers would be needed.
Christian Care for One world (CCOW) have a stand ay May Day in the Park 6th May inviting everyone to support the IF Campaign, ‘Enough Food for Everyone’ sponsored by over 100 charities etc. People are asked to sign and send postcards to the Prime Minister to pressure political leaders at the G8 summit in June.
Ascension Day Service – Thursday 9th May 6.30am near West Buckland church & spoilt afterwards with a ‘Full English Breakfast’ with the Methodists
(in aid of Christian Aid): Speaker Rev. Frieder Kreschnak