WebSite : http://epsomewell.foodbank.org.uk
Epsom & Ewell’s Food Bank
A Food Bank in Epsom & Ewell based on the effective Trussell Trust concept, which trains churches to set up local Food Banks.
What does a Food Bank do?:
In brief a Food Bank is set up to provide emergency food and support to local people in crisis via a referral and voucher system, using collection points.
What food is needed?:
Milk (UHT) or powdered, sugar (500g) Fruit juice (carton), Soup, pasta sauce, tinned pudding or tomatoes, cereals, tea bags/coffee, instant potato, rice/pasta, tinned meat or fish, tinned fruit, jam, biscuits or snack bars, toiletries.
When did it start?:
Who provides the Project?:
This is to be a project underwritten by Generation Church under the auspices of the Trussell Trust but seen as an inter-church venture, working alongside other local organisations (eg C.A.B., Housing Associations, etc). CTE are invited to support the initiative
Anyone in serious financial difficulties needing emergency help would be referred to the project, given a voucher, which they would “redeem” at one of 2 local collection points
Where does it happen?:
At Collection points.
Proposed in Ewell at Ruxley Church and in Epsom at the Methodist Church
Non-perishable food is donated by the public
The food is then:
Sorted and stored ready for distribution
Volunteers will be needed to help with distribution, admin tasks, stacking food, serving refreshments at distribution centre etc.
Each recipient will be offered the opportunity to be prayed for, & given a cuppa at the Distribution Centre.
How are Food Banks supported? -
In three ways:
- Donate food
- Give funds
What you can do:
Donate food: Start setting aside food items now.
Give funds: These ventures do not run without costs.
Churches are invited to make a financial contribution to the work - as are individual church members.,
Volunteer: Probably the biggest need. We need people to volunteer their time in a variety of roles.
Training days at Generation Resource Centre.
Training will be provided as the main roles cannot be done without going through the training. Volunteers complete an application form including CRB.
Next training session : See food bank website
Generation Church has signed the papers with the Trussell Trust via its trustees and arranged several meetings with churches and agencies.
The distribution centres are now open at
Epsom Methodist Church
Ruxley Church , Ewell,
Leatherhead Centre, North Leatherhead Community Centre
74, Marbles Way ,Tadworth
and till 15th January
Banstead Church Institute
Ongoing : collection of food, raising the profile and training the volunteers.
Costs involved and budget
These ventures do not run without costs. The Trussell Trust model suggests that The Epsom and Ewell costs would be of the order of
£15K, £25k, £30k in the first three years.
What can you do?
For more information
Contact Foodbank firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 8786 8221 (Generation church office).
307 Kingston Road