Kingsfold Methodist Church

Penwortham Foodbank Bulletin Update

The Food Bank is still open every Friday morning (9.30 until midday)  at the Community Centre on Kingsfold Drive, and still helping local people in difficult circumstances. in recent weeks we have been making deliveries to people shielding at home as well.

During lockdown we have been doing things a little differently. The same small team of volunteers has been on duty each Friday in order to restrict  the number of people  with whom we each come into carefully socially-distanced  contact. We hope all of the fifty or so regular volunteers who have been staying home and protecting the NHS are themselves safe, well and ready to go when the time comes.

The Food Bank has had the luxury of lots of space and time to spread into while the  Community Centre has been closed to all other uses. It will be all-change soon once the building begins the gradual process of opening up again, bringing with it a new set of operational  challenges,  Sadly we also  expect that more job losses  in Lancashire will increase the need for help over the next few months.
We are very grateful to the Friday team for their commitment over the past three months,  and also to the unsung heroes who have quietly and singlehandedly transported supplies from our off-site storeroom each week, organised a collection point  at St Michael’s in Hoole, and formed and fostered relationships with local shops and producers. Thank you to Booths in Millbrook Way, Kingsfold Co-op, Farmfoods in Strand Rd, and Morrison’s in Bamber Bridge, to  the local egg producers (and the hens), and to the many catering establishments who have given us crisps, pop and biscuits that would  otherwise have been unconsumed. Then there are the recipients of government food boxes and their friends and families who remembered the Food Bank and regifted the contents.

There have also been many generous individuals, businesses and organisations  who have helped financially. We are well placed to supplement your  physical food donations with additional purchases over the next few months. However, like everybody else - but on a larger scale - we are not always finding shopping an altogether predictable or easy process with unexpected shortages and the logistics of social distancing  to contend with. No car or shopping  trolley sharing!
If individuals can donate a tin or two or three each week it will help to spread the load. Pasta Sauce, rice pudding and tins of hot dogs/stew/curry/mince etc would be particularly appreciated. Donations can be left at the collection points in Booths or the Co-op, at the Community Centre on Monday mornings, or even brought to St Leonard’s if you are coming for private prayer on Sunday mornings.

 Please do keep Food Bank users in those  prayers!