Elaine Batten came to talkk to us about our local foodbank on 10th March. Elaine and Jeremy are passionate about the food bank, which started in 2012 at St James Church in Goffs Oak. Local churches and community groups work together towards stopping hunger in our local area.
The food bank is part of the Trussell Trust. The staff are All volunteers. They have got shopping to a fine art. Basic food parcels give food for breakfasts, lunches adn evening meals for 3-4 days. The foodbank is desperately short of food. There has been a big increase in the number of food parcels needed. Last year the average per week was 62 but the figure is well into the 70s so far this year. People needing food are issued food bank vouchers by a referral agency, which does the necessary checks. Customers are very varied. Local supermarkets donate fresh food (Marks and Spencer, Tesco community food, Warburtons Bakery, Greggs, Morrisons and Swithenbanks). Lidl donated a freezer. B3 Living donated an electric van. Jeremy collects food every day from variuous Tescos. Tesco weighs donations in its stores and converts 20% of the weight into a money donation. The food bank also welcomes toiletries and basic clothing for children and adults. The foodbank enabeles people the time to sort out thier problems. there is a delivery service for emergencies. there is a gluten free adn lactose free section. Baby bundles are available in partnership wih the national Childbirth Trust.
Our church collects food and money at our monthly communion services. Dionations can be brought at any time. There are receptacles in the upper room and in the downstairs kitchen.
Urgently needed food items include: UHT milk 1 litre, tinned fruit 400g, tea bags 80s, breakfast cereals and canned fish.
'The foodbank was there when we really needed it, it was an absolute lifeline.'
see the website Broxbourne.foodbank.org.uk