Just before the lock down for coronavirus began in March this year, a small group of people were busy planning to launch a brand new Food Club, in partnership with St Joseph’s RC primary school, which we planned to hold weekly in our parish hall. The idea behind the Food Club was to help people who were struggling in our community with food support on a regular basis. We decided to start with parents of children at the school who needed a little help, and see where it went from there.
But of course, like so many things that we were all planning back at the start of the year, our plans to start the Food Club off had to be put on hold until the situation became a little clearer. We are still not sure when exactly we will be starting to hold the weekly Food Club sessions, but think that now is a good time to start to ask for donations again to help to build up a store so that we can get things moving as soon as possible.
And we are certain that even more people in our parish and school community will be struggling with the basics of everyday life in the wake of the pandemic, so we think the Food Club will be needed now more than ever.
For the moment we are asking for donations of dried and tinned food and toiletries please so that we can start to help those who need it as soon as we can. It really would make a big difference if you could contribute to the Food Club store – every small donation will make a big difference. We will also be working with local shops and supermarkets to try to get some donations from them too.
Please can you leave any donations at the back of church or at the presbytery with Father Philip.
At the start of the Food Club we are planning on using existing SVP volunteers to run things, as they are all already DBS checked. But if you do want to help us out in any way, please contact Julia Coulton at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07704 667 815 for a chat.
Thank you so much for your support – please keep the Food Club and everyone struggling to make ends meet in these difficult times in your prayers.