Billericay Foodbank

Foodbanks have been in the news. The national picture tells us that the use of Foodbanks is increasing as prices rise, and people begin to feel the pinch of higher costs for food and fuel.

 

Worryingly, at the same time, donations are declining as people have less money to buy extra food for Foodbanks.

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Increased Demand and Donations

Billericay Foodbank has also experienced a rise in requests and referrals for help. From its initial base of fifteen families back in 2018, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and recent events have increased the demand for our services, and we now provide food and other essential household items to around 120 households each week.

Our local community; individuals, social and community organisations, sports clubs, supermarkets, businesses, and churches across the town, have continued to support us as we try to maintain the amounts and quality of the food we send out each week to those needing our help.

We are very privileged to have the support of around 80 people who each week take on the responsibilities of receiving the donations, sorting them out, and arranging the packages ready for collection or delivery. Not to forget those who drive our van (purchased thanks to donations!) and pick up excess food from local supermarkets each week.

 

How to Help

We are still grateful to receive donations of tinned or packet foods, basic toiletries, and household items. If you download the Billericay Foodbank App, updated each week, you will find a list of those items we need. Look out for collection points in Billericay supermarkets or you can deliver your donation personally.

On Monday afternoons, in term time, we are at Emmanuel Church in Laindon Road between 3pm-4pm, on Tuesday afternoons we are at St John’s Church, Outwood Common Road, between 2pm-4pm and on Friday mornings we are at Queens Park Community Church, between 10am-12pm.

You can find and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or for direct contact, email [email protected] or call 07707 466262.

 

For more information about our work and details of how to make a financial donation please visit www.billericayfoodbank.org.uk

Jim Rose, Chair of Trustees, Billericay Foodbank; charity number 1194869

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