Between April and September this year, 350,000 people in the UK were fed by a Foodbank, and the problem is growing.
Unfortunately, here at the Centre, like the rest of the country, we are seeing more and more people who are struggling to feed their families. To make sure people don’t go hungry, the Centre works with the Westminster Chapel Foodbank.
Every month, as well as referring people in need to the Foodbank, a member of staff from the Centre spends a day there. They take the time to talk to people about their situation – for some it is a relief just to be able to talk about their problems – but they also try and encourage people to seek help. Whether they have lost their job, have problems with debt, or housing issues, the Centre can help them to find a way to escape the cycle of poverty. Staff at the Foodbank have also been briefed about the services available at the Centre and encourage people who frequently rely on the Foodbank to come to the Centre for support and advice.
The partnership with the Foodbank provides people in need with food but also means that the Centre can reach out to more people, and help them to tackle the causes of their situation.
To find out more about Westminster Chapel Food Bank http://www.westminsterchapel.org.uk/ministries/foodbank/
To find out how you can help a Food Bank near you visit http://www.trusselltrust.org/