Silsoe Food Bank

Once again the Church and Food Bank thanks all those residents of Silsoe for their very generous donations of food. Once again the SOS lunch was exceedingly generous and I took away 19 bags of food to go with the bin at the Church, already very full.
                                                                       Jill Liddle,   Church warden  

Did you know that:

  • 4.7 million people are living in food poverty in the UK?
  • 13 million people in the UK are living below the poverty line?
  • there are over 6,000 children in Bedford living in poverty?

Christmas is busy time for Foodbank and this year the residents of Silsoe were very generous and have received a letter of thanks.

LOGO - FoodbankMany of you will have heard of the Food Bank initiative where food is distributed to needy people in the local area. It is largely a Christian based organisation but it helps anyone in need due to homelessness, unemployment, stagnation of incomes etc. It provides a minimum of 3 days emergency food supplies and offers support to local people in a crisis. Many Christian denominations are involved including the Church of England, the Methodist Church and the Salvation Army.

We want to help.

Maybe you would search your cupboards or buy some extra for your next supermarket shop – anything will help.

Items to bring include:

PHOTO - Foodbank donationsAll tins – fruit, vegetables, fish, meat, baked beans, spaghetti etc
Dried foods – pasta, rice, pulses, instant mashed potato etc.
Packets – biscuits,snack bars, cereals, tea bags, soup, sugar
Cartons – long life juice, long life milk
Jars – pasta sauces, jam, coffee

Everything must be within the sell by date and in undamaged packaging. No fresh food can be taken.

Household items and toiletries, children’s nappies, etc. are also needed.

The items we collect will go to help the people of Bedfordshire.
This is our chance to do something to help.

A box for donations of items for the local Food Bank is in the Church Porch and items can be left anytime the Church is open.

The SOS Tea Room takes donations for the Food Bank which are added to the items donated in the Church.

(SOS Tea Room – First Tuesday of the month, 2pm – 4pm, in Silsoe Village Hall – £1.50 for tea/coffee and home-made cake)

If you want more information about food banks and how they work, you may find the following sites helpful:

The Trussell Trust

Bedford Food Bank

Dunstable Food Bank