Purley and Kenley Food Hub 

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Purley Food Hub web-link

 All Saints and St Barnabas are enthusiastic supporters of the Food Hub 

Food Hub Bishop Jonathan Clarke opening




Introducing the Purley Food Hub

The united response of the Christians of Purley and Kenley Churches Together to the growing food need in our communities in Croydon.  It was opened on the 12th Jan 2013 by the Bishop of Croydon, Jonathan Clark, pictured above.

 

 

Who does the Hub help?

People in crisis who are without food. Yes, there are people in these circumstances in our midst. They may have been sick or had a sudden change in their domestic circumstance. They may have had their benefits stopped and are appealing against the decision. A series of events coming together may have left them unable to buy food to meet their basic needs. The Food Hub is seeking to avoid creating long-term dependencies.


Food to prepare at home

Food Hub TinsBy providing a balanced mix of tinned and other non-perishable food is available to so people can prepare meals at home

 

 

 

How the hub helps

Where those who are seeking food are not already being helped towards a solution to the underlying problem that gave rise to the crisis to signpost them to agencies that can give them that help. The Food Hub is working to build up its network of these contacts.

Donations

These come from generous donations from the congregations of our churches, individuals, schools, and businesses and by collections at supermarkets. You may have seen a collection at a supermarket locally. Supermarkets are generous in allowing days when volunteers from the Food Hub can invite customers going into the supermarket to consider buying a little extra food to donate. They give them a list of the Food Hub’s current needs. The response is heart-warming. At the Food Hub’s first Saturday collection at one supermarket, customers gave 17 full trolleys of food.


Giving out food

The Food Hub is not a ‘drop-in’. Food is given only to people who have one of the Food Hub’s food tickets. They receive a supply of food for three days. The allowance grows with the size of the family.  The image below shows a three day allowance for a family with six children.

Typical Amount for 3 days

 

Food tickets

The Food Hub has an expanding network of Food Ticket Partners. These are agencies and professionals who work with people in crisis and need. They hold tickets they can give to qualifying clients.

Future demand

Growing. The recent choice of Croydon to pilot the cap on Housing Benefit will affect 800 families in Croydon on its own. As services and jobs are cut people who have previously been in long term employment will face new challenges.


How you can help

By donating food or money at one of our regular collections in church or at a supermarket. The Food Hub is also growing a list of contacts it can call upon when a surge in demand has left it short of particular foods. There are start-up  and on-going costs that need to be met. Money donations are very welcome. You can also volunteer to help with the work. There are a range of jobs that need doing? If your work involves contact with people in crisis you might become a Food Ticket Partner.

Contact the Purley Food Hub

Phone07546 635295 or email