It’s April, a quarter of 2011 has been and gone…..
Foodbank has been very busy serving the community and I thought it was time for an update.
I should be at a meeting, questioning Francis Maude MP, BUT we’re short-handed at The Storehouse today and I thought my time would be better spent here, helping out and talking to you.
There’s no need to get a calculator out; we know and can see we’re getting busier…..
More and more agencies and community groups are asking for our help; sometimes they need our vouchers/service for the first time or they don’t know who else to ask.
When I visit an agency for the first time, I’m always conscious that they need to know not just what we do BUT who we are; “A Christian, faith and church based charity” and stress, “we make no discrimination as to whom we feed. If they’re hungry get ‘em fed!”.
Yesterday I visited one of our distribution centres and met a lovely young man who they’ve been helping, he’s been found somewhere to live and had his food voucher however he needed something else….He’d arrived yesterday morning very angry, visibly distressed and frustrated; by the time he left though, at closing time, he had hope.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not for one minute saying everything was sorted out, far from it but because of the unconditional love he received not just on this visit but on the previous one as well, he felt Foodbank/church was a safe place to be even though he was feeling all the negative circumstances were piling in on him.
When he left yesterday; we’d contacted The Prince’s Trust to see about getting him on a ‘Team’ for 12 weeks, got together a shopping list for his bedsit; he hasn’t got a bed or anything to cook on amongst other basic items that you and I take for granted every day and we know we have a man’s cycle in the warehouse that’ll make his life a little easier.
Do any of the team that sat with him get paid? No.
Are their hearts as big as they are? Yes
Why do they do Foodbank? Because their faith and love for their neighbour compels them.
Whether you’re donating a single tin of food, a toothbrush or a quid….
Please accept our heartfelt thanks.
In March you donated a whopping 2½tonnes of food, but
we sent out 3½ tonnes to the distribution centres!
So, what does this mean to you, what am I asking of you?
1. Please keep donating as the reserves of stock are getting smaller each week
2. Act as a champion for Black Country Foodbank
a. Schools, colleges and nurseries; get pupils, students, parents and children involved in collecting food, toiletries and sponsorship. http://www.blackcountryfoodbank.org.uk/supporters/ or http://www.blackcountryfoodbank.org.uk/supporters/financial-support/ if you want to give financially.
b. At work; get permission to have a collecting box, offer to bring the donations to us, our address are here: http://www.blackcountryfoodbank.org.uk/get-help/
c. Come and volunteer at our warehouse; our regular volunteers need a break now and again. Can you lift a can of beans, make a cup of tea, answer the ‘phone, put food on and take food off a shelf – YOU can volunteer! Are you available Mon – Fri between 10:00am & 2:00pm = YOU can volunteer! firstname.lastname@example.org
d. Talk about us and raise awareness at your place of worship; don’t know what to say come and see us. Spend some time at The Storehouse, you’ll have loads to speak to people about email@example.com to arrange a visit.
I’ll let you know how many people we’ve fed on your behalf during March asap
In the meantime, Thank You so much for all your help and support,
05 April 2011
Update on our young man we told you about:
he’s now got a bed, toaster & iron; Thank You Loaves & Fishes___
Junction 10 have organised a sofa etc___
BCFB found; hotplate, m/wave and kettle (all been PAT tested)
BCFB took over some of this today (wouldn’t fit in Esther) someone’s car was full including a bike.
He’s signing-up for Prince’s trust ‘Team’ and he’s had an emergency payment from Job Centre.
When I left him today he seemed a lot more relaxed. Phew!
Now we just pray……