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Brixton Foodbank needs supplies - can you help?

Discussion in 'Brixton' started by Brixton Hatter, Feb 25, 2013.

  1. Brixton Hatter

    Brixton Hatter edge of heaven

    Brixton Foodbank needs extra supplies - grab a few extra tins next time you go shopping and drop them off at St Paul's Church on Ferndale Road (a few doors up from the Duke of Edinburgh).

    It was really busy when I went in on Sunday :(

    http://www.stpaulsbrixton.org/loving-brixton/foodbank

     
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  2. quimcunx

    quimcunx Too tall.

    :(

    So many things the last few years have made me so angry but seeing people being forced to use foodbanks make me feel teary. I think it's the image of having to go cap in hand for food,ffs. It's a disgrace that this should be anything other than an emergency safety net for when benefits have a glitch not part of the benefit system design. :mad:

    I can't do this week but will try to do it the following saturday. I refuse to do an online shop at a supermarket to give to them. :mad:

    I really resent feeling I have to contribute to Dave's 'big society' over something as basic as food.
     
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  3. colacubes

    colacubes Well-Known Member

    I took some stuff up there a few Tuesdays ago and it was absolutely rammed :(
     
  4. Boudicca

    Boudicca Seaside Queen

    It seems somewhat churlish to criticise but I wish there was a more efficient way of supplying foodbanks than asking individuals to buy from supermarkets and take it to the them. I remember speaking to someone from Fareshare about the practice of standing outside supermarkets asking people to buy stuff, thereby making Tesco richer. They agreed it made them uneasy, but said it really helped to raise awareness of the issues.

    I suspect money would be more useful, but donating food makes a much stronger link between the giver and the receiver.
     
  5. Mrs Magpie

    Mrs Magpie On a bit of break...

    Do they take fresh food? I know they distribute only non-perishables to take away but I know some food banks cook fresh food for meals to be eaten there. Well, on The Archers they do :oops:
     
  6. colacubes

    colacubes Well-Known Member

    They don't as far as I know. They're after long-life items. They usually have a list of things on their website they're really short of as well.
     
  7. FiFi

    FiFi Hot cross Bunny

    As a Health Visitor who refers clients to the local Foodbank, can I ask folks to add nappies and "female hygine products" to that list of required donations. Families who can't afford food because of benefits delays can't afford those necessities either. :( but also :mad:
     
  8. quimcunx

    quimcunx Too tall.

    They could raise awareness at the market too!
     
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  9. quimcunx

    quimcunx Too tall.

    I was going to say that they never seem to mention money donations, but I've found a page now if anyone wants to give cash instead.

    http://norwood.foodbank.org.uk/donate

    Although the online bit at least looks like it's just for the trussel trust rather than a specific foodbank. bah. Cheques not so clear. I think I'd rather have food go from me to people who need it than through the trussel trust itself.. :hmm:
     
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  10. Winot

    Winot I wholeheartedley agree with your viewpoint

    It says:

    "Please send cheques made payable to:
    St Luke's Church (Norwood & Brixton Foodbank)"

    so I think the money goes direct to them although the cheque gets sent to the Trussel Trust.

    You should also Gift Aid your donation if you pay income tax. There's a form on the website.
     
  11. boohoo

    boohoo Part-time Cat

    I find it difficult to remember to go. However was glad it was open on Sunday this weekend.
     
  12. wemakeyousoundb

    wemakeyousoundb and calm again

    I saw a couple of posters advertising soup kitchens too the other day,they might take fresh foods there (I'll try and remember to look it up again)
     
  13. Thimble Queen

    Thimble Queen Well-Known Member

    i was thinking this... better the money goes to traders than tescunts.
     
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  14. Miss-Shelf

    Miss-Shelf Up to my tits in quilts

    ffs that we need soup kitchens its obscene
     
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  15. wemakeyousoundb

    wemakeyousoundb and calm again

    true, in a "sort of funny" way those posters were 3 doors down from where I use to live in a soup kitchen in the late 80's.
     
  16. quimcunx

    quimcunx Too tall.

    Well I did a shop at the market and took some stuff up today. I thought it was on the other side of the road and managed to completely miss it as I was too busy looking at the almshouses so walked much further up than I needed to. :mad:

    Only one bloke came in when I was there. I didn't catch what he'd come in for though he accepted the offer of a cup of tea. The staff seemed a bit bamboozled by my distaste for using the supermarkets, not that I criticised them for using them.
     
  17. Dexter Deadwood

    Dexter Deadwood Left Voluntarily Enforced Holiday Banned

    Perhaps the plethora of overpriced trendy restaurants in Brixton could make some effort in helping the Foodbank.
     
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  18. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    There was someone from this Foodbank at the recent meeting on the bedroom tax. They have seen there Food Bank being used a lot more recently.
     
  19. Dexter Deadwood

    Dexter Deadwood Left Voluntarily Enforced Holiday Banned

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  20. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

  21. Winot

    Winot I wholeheartedley agree with your viewpoint

    Worth saying that as well/instead of donating actual food, you can donate money (and it seems to be targeted to the Norwood and Brixton Foodbank).

    For income tax payers, it's worth considering this as an option because the Government will add 25% extra to your donation if you Gift Aid it. And if you are lucky enough to be a higher rate tax payer, you can get even more money back from the Government as a tax rebate.

    Link to donation page here. Clicking on the BT Donate link enables a Gift Aid donation to be made online.
     
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  25. Nanker Phelge

    Nanker Phelge Monkey Boy

  26. bimble

    bimble uber-hippy twonk peanut

    They really are . And demand growing every week she says.
     
  27. DietCokeGirl

    DietCokeGirl [Your Ad Here]

    Taking this opportunity to suggest some especially useful things to donate, though anything from the shopping list is welcome and appriciated and will go to a good home!

    -Nappies, especially size 4 and 5, baby wipes, baby food
    -Washing powder
    -Toiletries
    -Tinned meat
    -Coffee
    -Cereal
    -Fruit Juice
    Toilet Roll
    -Tin potatos
    -Tin Veg
    -Cooking sauces
    -UHT MilK
    -Tin fruit
    -Snacks like nuts, cereal bars, crackers, fruit bars
    ...and Bags for Life/plastic bags to pack it all in!
     
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  28. Nanker Phelge

    Nanker Phelge Monkey Boy

    What are the drop off days/times now.

    I was struggling to make them, so have a direct debit set up now which gives cash every month.

    On the website it says this helps with the operating costs of keeping it up and running.
     
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    bimble uber-hippy twonk peanut

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