On Thursday 13th December, Mrs Johns, who is a volunteer at the Food Bank, talked to our afterschool GCSE Religious Education students about why food banks are needed.
Holsworthy Food Bank has been running for around 6 years, and they have never been so busy! Members of the public can take food straight to the food bank or leave it at collection points in Waitrose or Holsworthy Library. Donations are also received from the Church of the Latter Day Saints and other local churches.
The Food Bank is open every Wednesday afternoon from 2pm – 4pm and they are located in the Manor Suite, at the rear of the Memorial Hall. Staffed by volunteers, they hand out food supplies, the quantity of which is dependent upon the size of the family (although single people are helped too). Three days’ worth of food is given, although these are generous supplies and will usually last longer.
If you are in a position to donate food items, e.g. tinned food (e.g. soup, tomatoes, sponge puddings, beans, vegetables, tuna, meat, fish), dried food (sugar, long-life milk, pasta, rice, biscuits (plain & savoury), cereals, custard), jars (jam, coffee, pickles, pasta sauce, cooking sauces) please take them to the Food Bank, Waitrose or Holsworthy Library collection points. Please do not donate fresh or frozen food.
If you are in need of help, please be aware that the Food Bank will only be open again on the 19th December; this is the last opportunity to collect provisions before Christmas. The next time they will be open is 2nd January. Vouchers can be obtained from the College, other local schools, the police, the health centre and the CAB, who can also advise on issues regarding benefits etc.
The Food Bank also have emergency vouchers if vouchers cannot be obtained elsewhere.
The service is totally confidential and you can be assured of a warm welcome. A chat and a cuppa is also there if needed.
We all have times of need and there is no shame in asking for help.
We would like to thank Mrs Johns for raising awareness of this important local service.
“As part of the GCSE RE afterschool course, we have invited a number of speakers in to explain their role in the local community. The idea is that their actions reflect on their religious belief.
Gill explained what the purpose of the Food Bank is and how it operates. Gill also explored some of the reasons why people might need to go to the Food Bank and said they work closely with the local Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB).
At the end, students saw a list of the items the Food Bank could provide and asked questions about how the scheme works. The talk provided an excellent case study of the Christian principle of ‘Love thy Neighbour’.