Food is donated on the first Sunday of the month, however the basket is always in church for donations. All food given out by foodbanks is donated.
Volunteers sort food to check that it’s in date and pack it into boxes ready to be given to people in need. Frontline care professionals identify people in need, Foodbank clients take their voucher to a foodbank distribution centre where it can be redeemed for three days emergency food. Professional careworkers at agencies continue to work with clients, to resolve longer term issues.Where appropriate, careworkers can deliver emergency foodboxes to clients living in rural areas who cannot affort, or are unable, to get to a distribution centre.
Romsey Food Bank reported that they gave a total of 270 Christmas sacks to children from Youth in Romsey, Romsey Young Carers and Romsey Family Support. In addition, 65 Christmas goody bags were given out to families / individuals who either accessed the foodbank on December or needed some extra help.
Finally, the Food Bank supported 40 families through schools with additional food over Christmas. Thank you to all whose donations made this possible.
2018 started with 500kg of food donated, the majority via Waitrose. Currently they have very few shortages but would like to receive sachets of powdered milk, long life fruit juice, sugar, sponge puddings and toiletries [shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, toilet rolls]. These can be brought to our service on Sunday 4 February and left in the baskets at the back of church, or dropped in the basket at Waitrose when you are shopping.
Plans are now well advanced for the launch of the Romsey Food Bank. Funding has been sourced, local organisations who will be referral agencies are waiting to be advised of the change and over 40 volunteers have been found to help in many ways, including a Co-ordinator willing to give her time free of charge to oversee the project. The only missing factor is a suitable venue where donated foods can be sorted and stored. Once this has been found, Trussell Trust and the Andover Food Bank will help us to set up our new Romsey Food Bank to serve our town and the surrounding area.
Not only does this have the environmental advantage of removing the need to transport donated foods from Romsey to Andover for sorting, only to bring them back to Romsey for distribution, it also means that the local knowledge of its volunteers will ensure the giving of food parcels to local people can be more focused, with additional help being made available where this is needed. In the long term it is hoped that debt counselling, financial planning assistance and numerous other services can spring from establishing the Romsey Food Bank. This is an exciting opportunity for the churches to demonstrate the love of God to those in need. Please do pray for this initiative, and remember to support the Food Bank by bringing your monthly contributions for food parcels to the church on the first Sunday of each month.
On the first Sunday of each month we continue to receive donations of food and other items to be distributed by the Andover Food Bank to those in special need throughout the Test Valley. Items in special demand at present include treats such as chocolates and crisps, sugar and dried milk.
If you are not able to bring items for the first Sunday of the month these can be left at any other time in the basket under the table at the back of church. They will then be added to the following month’s donations.
Foodbank Shopping List
Every little bit helps!
Longlife cartons of fruit juice
Rice pudding (tinned)
Sponge pudding (tinned)