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.