In the last 12 months, over 1.1 million three day emergency food supplies were given out by Trussell Trust foodbanks in the UK.
The Hope Centre and St. Francis & Holy Trinity Church partner togrther to run the NG11 Foodbank in Clifton with The Trussell Trust. The Trussell Trust is a Christian organisation motivated by Jesus’ teaching on poverty and injustice. They, like us, operate according to Christian principles of compassion, honesty, integrity, openness, kindness and care of all people, regardless of backgrounds or beliefs, and again like us, they believe in turning faith into practical action, living out God’s love for the poor.
We opened our foodbank in September 2012, following our research into Clifton’s current circumstances. Today in Clifton there are families struggling to put food on the table. For people on low incomes, a sudden crisis – redundancy, benefit delay or even an unexpected bill – can mean going hungry. Every day parents skip meals to feed their children and people are forced to choose between paying the rent and eating.
Our Foodbank is open Tuesdays and Saturdays from 9.30am at the Hope Centre
At the NG11 Foodbank we can also provide help with emergency Electric/Gas, Mobile Phone cards, run an Advice centre, provide debt advice and host our local Councillors once a month to help with any local issues.
We also support a number of homeless charities including: Emmanuel House, The Friary, Angel Green Community Kitchen, Angel Green Soup run in the city centre. We also support the Refugee Centre.
Number of three-day emergency food supplies given by Trussell Trust foodbanks
How can you help?
Volunteering is at the heart of the Foodbank and is the ingredient for success. There are opportunities to volunteer just as you are, your gifts and skills are needed for different roles such as:
• Supermarket collection
• Transporting goods
• Storing and shelving
• Giving out food in exchange for vouchers
• Referring clients to agencies
• Serving tea
Our main collection points are:
Morrisons – Green Lane, Clifton, NG11 9LQ
Asda – Loughborough Road, West Brigford, NG2 7JA
Wilkinsons – Southchurch Drive, Clifton, NG11 8AA
Hope Charity Shop – Varney Road, Clifton, NG11 8EX
Thank you for your support.
We are thankful for the contribution of £3,000 that Church Urban Fund granted us in order to set up the foodbank.
How foodbanks work
Every day people in the UK go hungry for reasons ranging from redundancy to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income. A simple box of food makes a big difference, with foodbanks helping prevent crime, housing loss, family breakdown and mental health problems.
Non-perishable in-date food is donated by the public at a range of places, such as schools, churches and business, as well as supermarket collection points. It is then sorted into boxes by over 40,000 volunteers, to be given to people in need.
Care professionals such as doctors, health visitors, schools and social workers identify people in crisis and issue them with a foodbank voucher. This entitles them to receive a foodbank parcel of three days’ nutritionally balanced, non-perishable food.
More than food
Foodbanks also offer a lot more than food. Volunteers provide a listening ear to clients over a warm drink, and signpost people to other charities and agencies who can help resolve the underlying cause of the crisis.
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”Matthew 25:35-36