During this emergency Food Banks are supporting a greater number of people needing food. In turn they need increased donations. This village responded magnificently to this challenge and the food basket in church has filled up several times a week. A bigger food basket has now been placed in the church porch, as the church itself now has to be kept locked. Suggested gift requests: tinned meat dinners, hot dogs, corned beef and tinned meatballs. Please maintain spacing by keeping to only one person in the porch at a time, wait in the churchyard until they leave.
However now everyone has difficulties getting food, donations have dropped dramatically.
I've checked with Wallingford Emergency Food Bank and they suggest it may be convenient to doners to donate money instead of food. Their website elaborates: www.wallingfordfoodbank.org.uk , tab support us, scroll down to Financial Donations.
" You can donate money online via the Charites Aid Foundation here. Gift Aid is available while making your donation.
You can also leave an envelope marked 'Food Bank' in The Fountain Bookshop with your donation enclosed. Cheques should be made payable to 'Wallingford Emergency Food Bank'. Gift Aid forms can be downloaded here or are available at The Fountain Bookshop (which is currently closed)."
Wallingford Food Bank is open Mondays and Thursdays. The normal entrance at 22 St Mary's Street is currently locked, access through the back door of the Community Church off Wood Street.
I've also checked with BIVC. Their office is locked, but manned during normal hours, Mon-Fri 09:30-12:30. Leave gifts on the front doorstep, knock on the door and leave. Staff will open the door to collect when you've gone. BIVC is at 39 Fane Drive, Berinsfield, near the pharmacy. Thursdays are usually their Food Bank distribution day, they are looking into how best to support their clients.
Please let me know if you'd help with delivering food gifts to BIVC or Wallingford. To minimise travel journeys let's try to include these journeys with other essential trips you'll be making anyway,
Food Bank background
It was at our 2012 village Harvest celebrations we first sent gifts of food, to both the Oxford and Wallingford food banks. I think it came as a surprise to us that local food banks were so active; hardships in these difficult times have really struck home and food banks need all the help they can get.
To help, leave gifts in church where they will be passed on regularly.
The Wallingford Emergency Food Bank has an outpost at BIVC (Berinsfield Information and Volunteer Centre) who both accept and distribute food. The Food Bank website has a monthly “Food Bank Analysis” report for information including what is particularly needed. Seasonally, Christmas puddings, sweets etc. are most welcome. Recently we have been asked for tinned spaghetti. Wallingford Emergency Food Bank is at 22 St Mary's St, next to the Fountain Bookshop, run by Churches Together Wallingford Area. As well as leaving donations in church or at BIVC, click here for other donation options.
Nationally,100,000 people were helped by church led food banks in a 6 month period, underlining the growing demand for emergency food in the UK.
CONTACTS IF YOU NEED HELP
BIVC is at 39 Fane Drive (near Health Centre), Berinsfield OX10 7NE , 01865 343044,, www.bivc.org.uk.