DID you know that 13 million people live below the poverty line in the UK, and that men, women and children go to bed hungry every night? It’s shocking and almost unbelievable, but unfortunately true.
Here in Thurrock poverty is also a daily reality for people, and many of these are children.
As a possible response to this, The Thurrock Christian Fellowship want to tell you about Foodbank, which is a fantastically exciting, simple and effective way of helping some of the neediest people in our immediate areas.
This initiative is still very new in the UK. Last year there were 60 Foodbanks in the country, and this year there are 127! 61,000 people, referred by frontline statutory and voluntary agencies, were fed by Foodbanks last year. This number is growing by 50% every year as the number of outlets grows.
A spokesperson said: “To see a ‘Thurrock Foodbank’ launched, we need to see a central ‘warehouse’ established, where food can be collected, stored and sorted. Foodbank parcels, each with enough food to feed people for 3 days (10 meals each) are then distributed to a network of ‘satellite centres’ located in churches or local community centres that are easily accessible by those that need them. Foodbank attracts and is run by volunteers from every type of church, community & background, creating a fantastic coordinated response to poverty locally.
“The opportunity to meet the needs of people from within our communities, who are in desperate need of food, is one that we cannot turn our backs on. The experience of Foodbank around the country is that they are enthusiastically supported by Churches and the public, and have a powerful impact upon the recipients of this generosity. In addition, they reflect brilliantly upon the Christian churches and communities which run them.
“There is a great deal more that can be said, but at this point we simply want to invite you to a presentation evening where we and members of The Trussell Trust will outline the vision of Foodbank and the launch the ‘Thurrock Foodbank’!
Information Evening for
Monday 14th November 2011
7.30 – 8.45pm
St Margaret’s Church
The Green SLH
You can find further information and / or contact us at;
Tel: 01375 641867
You can also find the event on Facebook.
We do hope you will be able to join us and look forward to seeing you.