Church of England Diocese of Southwark St. Bartholomew, Sydenham

Food Bank and Community Pantry

St Bartholomew’s collects tinned, packet and other non-perishable goods, nappies and other baby supplies, basic toiletries and more for local foodbanks.  We pass what we collect on to Kelvin Grove food bank which does a brilliant job of serving communities in our Parish.  Items can be dropped off at the church whenever we are open (see the Open Church page in the menu on the left).

Another way to help is through our ‘Community Pantry’.  This is part of a network of Community Pantries organised by the excellent people of Sydenham Mutual Aid around the local area.  The Pantry is a box outside of the South door of the church and works on a ‘give what you can, take what you need’ basis;  Those who need to are invited to take what they need – no questions, no registration and no referrals required.  Those who can are invited to put into the box similar items as for the foodbank – ‘ready to eat’ items such as tinned meat, tinned stews, tinned curries, tinned pies and tinned fruit, as well as basic toiletries are especially useful for the Pantry, and items can be left in the box even when the church is closed.

Please do consider if you are able to buy an extra tin or packet when you shop and put it in either the foodbank collection in church or the Community Pantry.

And if you do find yourself in need, please do make use of the Community Pantry.