Covid-19 Foodbank Update
Thanks to everyone in our congregation and local community who’ve asked how they can support the Helping Hands Foodbank during the current crisis. AFRIL (Action for Refugees in Lewisham) have been working hard to find the safest way to get help and support to the people who use the foodbank. At the moment they are doing that by giving people grants from their hardship fund. If you’d like to support AFRIL, please donate to them via their website, or click the ‘DONATE’ button.
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, as well tea and toast when they pop in.
How does the foodbank work?
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. Volunteers are also needed to collect these donations – especially any donations of fresh food. By partnering with local businesses we’re hoping to help fight hunger and tackle food waste.
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
- Making drinks and welcoming families on a Saturday morning
- Bagging up and distributing food on a Saturday morning
- 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
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.