Helping refugees and migrants in our community
The ‘Helping Hands Foodbank’ is a joint project between our parish and Action for Refugees in Lewisham (AFRIL).
AFRIL is a small, locally run charity based in Lewisham. They work to relieve poverty and social isolation amongst refugees and asylum seekers, by providing education, family support services, and access to emergency supplies. Each week they currently help an average of 120 people in our local community.
Many of the families that AFRIL helps are living on as little as £36.50 a week. The Helping Hands Foodbank aims to provide these destitute families with much needed food. Families are assessed by AFRIL then referred to the foodbank where they can receive a weekly supply of fresh, dried and tinned foods. At the moment we’re supporting 30 families each week.
How does the foodbank work?
Usually the foodbank runs every Saturday from 10am to 12noon at St. Peter’s Church, corner of Eltham Rd / Weigall Rd, SE12 8HQ. The foodbank is staffed by volunteers from AFRIL and from our parish. The volunteers are there to bag up food, befriend the families, and provide hospitality. The food is provided by donations from individuals, local groups, and local businesses. We also rely on volunteers to collect these donations – especially any donations of fresh food from supermarkets that would otherwise be thrown away.
At the moment, the foodbank is operating slightly differently due to the Covid-19 restrictions and guidelines. We are currently packing food bags at St. Peter’s on a Saturday morning, and then delivering the bags directly to the families we support.
How can I be involved?
There are lots of ways to be involved…
- Donating food – it can be brought to church on Sundays, or dropped into St. Peter’s on Saturday mornings
- Helping to collect food donations from local shops
- Bagging up and distributing food on a Saturday morning
- Delivering food to families
- Financial donations – big or small!
You can be involved on a regular basis, or just now and again as time allows. To find out more, or offer to help, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’d like to make a donation to the work of the foodbank, you can do that via the AFRIL website here.
What do we need?
We need donations of:
Fruit juice (carton)
Washing up liquid
Toiletries / sanitary towels
We also welcome donations of other items such as clothes. Please read our donations guide to find out what we need and how to donate.