FoodBanks

At Harvest time a few years ago the fellowship at St Francis realised a great need in the community. A need to look after families who perhaps through redundancy or illness were going without food. In today's society it's difficult to imagine children going hungry when we hear so much about the benefits which are available. However the reality is that people were going without food to enable them to pay rent and heat to stay in their homes. With this in mind our congregation generously collected food and provisions at the Harvest Festival service, sufficient to feed 5 known families for a week. On hearing this, the good people at All Saints and the Holme School kindly donated the provisions from their Harvest Festivals - and the St Francis Food Bank was born.

Since then other churches in the Bordon area have formed their own Food Bank with churches and local shops donating on a weekly basis, with volunteers collecting and distributing to those not as fortunate as many.

Locally the St Francis Food Bank helps between 5 and 10 families each week, and we hear of some heart breaking stories. We are grateful for the support this year of donations from Whittles Store, All Saints, The Holme School, Grayshott Surgery and other local businesses.

But the essence is for local people to support their local community by continuing to give just something each week, and if enough people do give it there will be enough for those in need. Please keep giving generously and you will receive generous blessings from God. A collection point is open daily at Whittles. For more information contact Pauline Firman on 01428 714095.

Churches in and around Bordon are working together to maintain a food bank for families and individuals in need during the recession. It is based at St Mark's Church, Bordon.
Thanks to the generous community and the hard work of the
volunteers the Bordon Food Bank has issued many packs of food for adults and children in the last year. Stocks however are quickly diminished - so it is important to keep the flow of produce going. The Bordon Food Bank shares with St Francis Community Church as the needs arise.
There is a food collection box in All Saints Church that is regularly collected and taken to St Marks Church. The Bordon Food Bank contacts at All Saints are Sue Lewis and David Arnott.
If you would like to join the volunteers that sort and distribute the food parcels you would be most welcome.

Contact: Rebecca Pethybridge Tel: 01420 473525 Mobile: 07950 595495 
or email: rebecca.woods@btopenworld.com