Food Friend

FoodFriend is a facility where anyone living within the SK9 postcode area – and in genuine financial need – can access free basic food.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

FOOD FRIEND was overwhelmed by the amount of donations received during harvest.

Huge thanks to Lacey Green Primary Academy, Wilmslow High School, St Anne’s Fulshaw, Wilmslow Prep, Pepperberry Day Nursery and all the individual donations and support.

Also thanks to Bare Necessities who provide our clients with toiletries on a regular basis.

We would not be able to continue the food bank’s work without this generosity.

The main things we will need in the immediate future are long life milk, sugar, coffee, jam and rice pudding and some Christmas goodies. Reverse advent calendars welcome! Donations of long life (store in the cupboard) microwave meals e.g. from Parsley Box – so we can easily give the homeless a warm meal – are also hugely appreciated.

Also thanks to the amazing team of Food Friend Volunteers who have worked so hard to sort all the donations, especially Christine Little and Sheena Hatton. And, as pictured here, we had to rope in the baptism enquiry team and local PCSO Lisa Gamble we have been that busy!

Upcoming: XMAS Homeless Collection. On Monday, December 2nd at the Parish Hall 1 pm until 6pm. The event is to support the wider homeless community and Food Friend. All donations greatly received.

Thank you,

Flo & the FoodFriend Team.

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To continue our work we continually need donations of long life, non-perishable food and funding.
All donations are welcome during our opening hours. Please see our shopping list. Regular standing orders can be arranged.
We also have a food donation point by the check outs in Wilmslow’s Sainsbury’s.
By shopping at the Co-op and choosing FoodFriend as your local cause you will help the parish continue to put food on the tables of those in genuine need.
Last time the foodbank was chosen as part of the local community fund we received a fantastic £3,000. It would be fabulous if we could match this figure again or even top it.
If you can help or would like further information for yourself or someone in need, please contact Flo.
Tel: 07592 582567.
E mail: flonew@hotmail.com
Thank you

UNSOLD supermarket food is usually available from:

  • St Bart’s on Tuesday mornings.
  • St Philip and St James Church in Alderley Edge on Sunday afternoons. If you genuinely need food delivering to you, members of the congregation in Alderley Edge may be able to drop some of these supplies to you on Sunday afternoons.

TEXT Rev Robin Pye – on the Friday or Saturday – before on 07794 122602.

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FoodFriend is a facility where anyone living within the SK9 postcode area – and in genuine financial need – can access free basic food.

It was inspired by our Church’s belief that we should help people in our own locality just as Jesus himself did. “Jesus took five loaves and two fish, looked up to heaven and gave thanks. He broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people”. (Bible: Matthew, Chapter 14)

The project was initiated by Wilmslow Parish and launched in 2011. In 2014 it was expanded significantly through the support of Wilmslow Town Council.

Although on the surface Wilmslow and the surrounding area is an affluent one, there is still hidden poverty. So far the project has helped about 250 individuals and families in distress.
One of our clients said: “Without the help of the food bank I would be very hungry and probably in hospital or a police cell by now.”

St Bartholomew’s Church is open from 10am to 12.00pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings – and the first Saturday of each month with ‘coffee and cakes’ – to distribute food parcels.

The Church and FoodFriend Project Manager, Flo Knowles, is a professional counsellor and is available to also offer a listening ear; as struggling to put food on the table, or even being homeless, undoubtedly comes with other problems such as stress, depression and addiction issues.

We can assist clients in accessing other support and services such as debt management, housing and benefits; working in close liaison with other community organisations such as CAB, the Red Cross, local hostels and so on.
We also run Budget Cookery Courses to help people make the most out of their food parcels and to encourage healthy, low cost meal planning.

Others too gain work experience from our scheme; students doing the Duke of Edinburgh Award and we have young volunteers with special needs helping out regularly. Our service users are encouraged to ‘give back’ by helping us too; with the food bank or in the Church grounds.

We are indebted to our local community for its support of our project.