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 Friend  operating deliveries in emergencies only

Contact Flo on 07592 582567 or email flonew@hotmail.com

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

I have been truly blown away by the level of all kinds of support for our food bank, Food Friend, during the covid 19 crisis.

As government regulations required our church buildings to close, we teamed up with a group of volunteers from Styal who set up a food delivery scheme in response to the pandemic. We gave them much of our stock that needed using up, including fresh items donated by local restaurants that also had to close, and excess supermarket produce under the FareShare scheme that tackles food waste.

C19 Styal has a donation point at Styal Cricket Club to where we have been diverting individuals wishing to give tins and packets and to reduce traffic into the village they have also been collecting goods from people. They have been working tirelessly to help the hungry and isolated in all sorts of settings including delivering food parcels to our Food Friend clients, including those who are homeless. They went above and beyond over Easter making sure families with children had Easter eggs to brighten the long weekend in lockdown. And they have been supporting front line workers e.g. paramedics with energy drinks.

There have been so many posts on social media and reports on the news of people, neighbours, and communities not just coming together – but interacting – for the first time. And there has been much acknowledgement and recognition that we don’t need anywhere near as much as we usually have and so easily take for granted. It reminded me of one of my favourite Bible passages:

“… for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’  Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink?  And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing?  And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’  And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’” (Matthew 25:35-40) 

Our parish church is still very active in worship during this difficult time, so too in all kinds of service and this is light in the darkness, hope at time of global despair. And I believe when we come out of the other side of this, life will be different, but we will be stronger and closer as a church family and as a community as we continue to bear witness to Christ and journey forward together; helping those in need in the aftermath of the virus.

Much of my time at home in lockdown has been spent dealing with an overwhelming volume of calls and e mails; liaising with individuals, local businesses and organisations, supermarkets,  schools, churches, local government agencies, charities, health and other community based groups; signposting, co-ordinating Food Friend drops and pick-ups and pooling and promoting information and resources.

If you know someone who needs a food bank contact:
Flo (Food Friend) on 07592 582567 / e mail flonew@hotmail.com
Wayne (C19 Styal) on 07968 366442
Hope Central e mail info@hopecentral.org.uk

Donations of non perishables are still welcome, especially tinned meat e.g. Spam, Fray Bentos pies etc, long-life milk, sugar, coffee, tinned vegetables and potatoes and pasta sauce. Our Food Friend donation points are still open in Wilmslow Sainsbury’s and Alderley Edge Waitrose and this produce is kindly being picked up by C19 Styal while are buildings are closed.
Or you can call me or Wayne to arrange for any contributions to be collected.

 

Also, Wilmslow Self-isolation Support Group offers help with shopping and collecting prescriptions etc. Visit and message the team on Facebook @wilmslowself-isolationsupport

THANK YOU AND STAY SAFE,

 Flo (and the Food Friend Team)

Pictured here is Wayne from C19 Styal collecting Easter eggs and other goodies kindly donated by Wilmslow Garden Centre and their donation point at Styal Cricket Club.

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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 and in Alderley Edge Waitrose.
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  Thursday 10 – 12.
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  • 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 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Fridays and first Sat 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.