“I have learnt a great deal since being involved at the Foodbank…” Carol Dealey reports

Carol Dealey

“First of all, I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has donated food over the last 18 months or so, since St John’s moved to donating to the Quinton and Oldbury Foodbank run by churches in our Deanery.

“I would also like to thank those who deliver the donations to the Foodbank each month.

“During that time food you have donated has helped to feed 2063 people – 1114 adults and 949 children. Many come with sad stories, some walking long distances as they cannot afford the bus fare. All are very appreciative of what they receive.

“I have learnt a great deal since being involved at the Foodbank and I have listed below some relevant points.

  • We cannot give away food that is out of date – please check the date on your donations.
  • Sugar – we often run out of the 500g size packets, please consider buying two of those rather than 1kg bags.
  • Many of our clients have limited cooking facilities, perhaps just a hotplate and a microwave, so do not include items that can only be cooked in an oven.
  • Sadly we are unable to give away homemade items such as jam or chutney
  • We have lots of tinned beans and tinned tomatoes, so maybe do not include those for a while.
  • In addition to the standard food items we also try to supply basic items such as loo rolls, nappies, toiletries and pet food so do consider donating those as well.

Quinton & Oldbury Food bank window display“The foodbank runs at St Boniface Church on Wednesday mornings and Paul & Barney’s Place on Friday mornings. As well as the practicalities of feeding people there is also the opportunity to show God’s love to people who are struggling.

“This was very poignant on Christmas Eve when a very stressed lady dissolved into tears of gratitude. But since then I have seen an elderly man decide he wanted to return to church, a single mum decide to get her baby baptised and several other single mums plan to attend the toddler group.

“Small steps, but steps nonetheless. I am sure there are many other similar stories, but I am only there about once a month so miss many of them.”

If you would like more information try the website: http://quintonoldbury.foodbank.org.uk/ or email Carol or speak to her at church.




23rd Jun 2015 Posted in: News, St John's Stories by Stella Jennings 0

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