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Nuneaton Foodbank – latest update 4th August 2018

4th August 2018

4th August 2018 Update and thanks

Dear Foodbank Supporters and Donors,

Since the last update, which was two weeks ago on 19th July, we have distributed food to 153 people, (which has included 42 children). Our volunteers have ‘signposted’ the adults visiting our four centres to further help and support in order to begin to move them out of the crisis they are in.

LATEST DATA:-

Number of people fed since last update Total Numbers fed from 1st April 2018 Total Numbers fed since launch in 2013 Food donated since last update Food distributed since last update Difference in amount collected

153 which included 42

children

1186 which included 364 children 21324 which included 7852 children

958.6kgs

(2108.9lbs:

18.82cwt:

0.94 of a ton)

1328.2kgs (2922.0lbs: 26.09cwt:

1.30 tons)

0.36 tons more

distributed than donated

As you can see, over these 2 weeks, we have continued to feed over 75 people every week, and have distributed over ONE and a QUARTER TONS of food!

If you are aware of friends or relatives that might wish to support the work of the foodbank in helping families in need in the local Nuneaton community, and who want to know where they can make food donations, the following places kindly have collection points:-

ASDA; SAINSBURYS; ATTLEBOROUGH CO-OP; BULKINGTON CO-OP; YORKSHIRE BANK; NUNEATON TOWN HALL; CAFFE NERO; NUFFIELD HEALTH GYM and many local churches.

 

SHOPPING LIST

 

We know that people like to know what we are particularly in need of when they are thinking of donating food, and at the moment we would be really grateful for:

Puddings; Jam; Tinned Stews; Meatballs; Tinned Meat; Small Treats for children

As always, any donations at all are very warmly welcomed, but the above items are particularly needed.

WE ARE SO GRATEFUL FOR THE ONGOING SUPPORT OF THE COMMUNITY, AS WE WORK TOGETHER TO FEED PEOPLE GOING HUNGRY IN NUNEATON

 

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO DONATES

We all would like to thank everyone who donates to the foodbank –  Churches – Schools – local businesses and organisations, and individual donors, who regularly donate food to help those in need locally.

We are always very pleased to receive individual and corporate cash donations, which help us to purchase bread and spread and other items, such as baby milk, nappies etc which we add to foodparcels as needed.

 

HOLIDAY PROVISION – Advice from The Trussell Trust

You may have heard Samantha Stapley, Director of Operations at the Trussell Trust, on the radio or on television this week, speaking about the challenges families face in holiday time.

 We are providing the following information which we hope will be helpful, and have also used some of the text from Samatha’s broadcasts.

 Warwickshire Local Welfare Services are providing help for families who are under financial stress during the school holiday period. If families are registered for Free School Meals they should contact 0800 408 1448 – which is a Freephone number.

 

Lots  of  people  are  just  getting  by  day-to -day  but  find  their  income  simply  won’ t  stretch  to  meet  the  extra  pressure  of  missing  free  school  meals  or  paying  for  extra  childcare  during  the  holidays.  Help is here in Nuneaton.

Everyone who comes to the  foodbank  is  referred  by  a  local  agency  who  holds  our  vouchers  so

we ’d encourage anyone worried they won’ t be able  to  afford  food  this  summer  to  talk  to  one of these agencies:- Citizens Advice Bureau in Abbey Street; Their local  Children’s Centres;  Nuneaton and Bedworth Children’s Team.

No one should  need  a  foodbank’s  help,  and  we’re  determined  to  work  alongside  other  foodbanks  in  The  Trussell  Trust ’s  network  to  bring  about  long-term  change  to  end  hunger  not  only  during  the  holidays,  but  at  any  time  of  year.

Whilst we  work  towards  this,  we’ll  continue  to  take  practical  action  on  the  ground,  providing  the  best  emergency  support  possible  to  local  people  facing  hunger.

It’s only with the community’s  help  that  we’re  able  to  continue,  as  we  rely  on  local donations to run the foodbank.

VOLUNTEERING

In order to provide the support needed at our four centres, which working together give access five days a week to emergency food parcels for those in need, we rely on the help of volunteers. We are always grateful for the help of volunteers, and there are a number of different jobs that need to be done in order to enable the Nuneaton Foodbank to operate efficiently.

If you would like to help us by being a volunteer please contact our Volunteer Co-ordinator (nfbvolunteers@gmail.com).

Again many thanks to you all for your ongoing generous support.

Kind regards,

David

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