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.
If you can help or would like further information for yourself or someone in need, please contact Flo.
Tel: 07592 582567.
E mail: email@example.com
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 12.30pm 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.