People We Support - Hillingdon Foodbank

 

St Martin’s set up a donation box for the Hillingdon Foodbank on St Martin’s Day 2012. Since then, our donations have helped to feed a growing number of local people who, for a variety of reasons, find themselves in food poverty.

Started by the Christian charity the Trussell Trust, foodbanks distribute food to people who cannot afford to feed themselves and their families. Intended as a stop-gap for people in crisis, foodbanks aim to supply people in food poverty for two or three weeks while they are helped onto more permanent programmes that can deal with the underlying problems. The first foodbanks opened in 2007 and together fed nearly 14,000 people across the UK in the first year.

Hillingdon Foodbank opened in 2009, since when demand has escalated dramatically. In 2009, 91 people were supported; in the first nine months of 2013, over 3000 people in Hillingdon were fed by the Foodbank.

Hunger is a need that is easy to understand, and easy to respond to – we simply ask everyone to buy one extra item in their weekly grocery shop and leave it in the Foodbank collection box when they come to church. It’s a simple and practical way to make a difference. Our Foodbank collection box is at the back of the Lady Chapel and the weekly Bulletin carries a list of foodstuffs that the Foodbank is short of.

You can find out more about the work of the Hillingdon Foodbank and the Trussell Trust on their websites. Just click on their logos below.  These sites will open in a new window.

Hillingdon Foodbank and Other People We Support

 

Hillingdon Foodbank

Churches Together in Ruislip

 

ORCHYD

Myosotis Trust

Cursillo

St Michael's Camden