7th April 2017

Foodbank 5

Hastings Foodbank hits its five-year anniversary on Easter Monday. It was opened by King’s Church on 17 April 2012 with significant support from other churches in the town and has distributed 148,000 tonnes of food during that time, which equates to 354,578 meals.

As Paul Mann mentioned on Sunday, we have seen a 53% increase in demand over the last four months, and so we are asking church members and other churches in the town to take part in the Foodbank 5 campaign: please bring five items of food or five pounds to donate on each of the next five Sundays.

At the moment we particularly need: tinned meat, UHT milk, tinned fruit and veg, teabags, tinned rice pudding and tuna.

Gary Dyer, who is part of the foodbank core team, said: “We are really pleased that over the last five years we have been able to help literally thousands of local people who have found themselves facing a crisis situation, but this is not an anniversary to celebrate – we would prefer it if there wasn’t a need for a foodbank in Hastings at all. We’re very grateful to the people of Hastings and the surrounding areas for their incredible generosity over the last five years.”

Local people are referred to the foodbank by a number of organisations, such as the Citizens’ Advice Bureau, health visiting teams, schools, and housing associations. They can be referred for a variety of reasons, from long-term sickness to low wages and from benefit delays to debt. Many of those referred are in work, but struggling to make ends meet.

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Natalie Williams

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20th September 2013

Answers to prayer!

We enjoyed some great times in God's presence during our Week of Prayer last week, and have already seen fantastic answers to some of the issues about which we were seeking God.

For example, we prayed that the Hastings Foodbank would have a bumper collection day at Sainsbury's on Saturday and they did! Over one tonne of food was donated, and we are so thankful to the local people who gave so generously and to God, who answered our prayers.

We also prayed last Thursday night for St Leonards Community Group as they launched Play+ in London Road on Saturday. They were delighted to welcome 10 families, many from other nations. The children really enjoyed the activities and the parents had a great time together. This was a real answer to our prayers. If you'd like to know more about this fortnightly activity, speak to one of the St Leonards CG members.

Natalie Williams

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17th July 2013

Big Choir aims to raise big money for foodbank

A renowned local choir and conductor are performing a special Queen's Coronation Jubilee Proms at the Hastings Centre opposite the Conquest Hospital to raise money for Hastings Foodbank.

Under conductor Roger Wilcock, the Hastings Big Choir recently performed a hugely successful event to a crowd of 2,000 in Alexandra Park when they presented the Battle of Hastings Proms the night before the Beer Festival. At the foodbank fundraiser on Saturday 27th July they will sing set pieces from shows, opera and the traditional Last Night at the Proms favourites. All proceeds from the event will go to Hastings Foodbank, and the tickets include an encouragement to attendees to donate an item of food on the night from the list found on the back of the ticket.

Choir member Doug Edwards said, "Hastings Big Choir is delighted to be able to support this fantastic cause. Today in Hastings there are over 5,500 children living in poverty. Families are 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. Hastings Foodbank provides emergency food and support to local people in crisis."

Tickets are £5 and are available from the Hastings Information Centre, the Hastings Centre on The Ridge and John Newman's Dry Cleaners at 62 Bohemia Road.

Doug added, "We are delighted to be able to hold this fundraising event for the Hastings Foodbank. Audience participation by wearing red, white and blue, hats and waving Union Jacks is actively encouraged. Tickets are strictly limited so don't delay!"

Parking at the event will be free. For more information and ticket sales, call the Hastings Centre on 01424 753322.

Natalie Williams

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7th July 2013

A ton of generosity!

Yesterday we were overwhelmed by the generosity of local shoppers at Tesco in Hollington, who donated a ton of food (1,000kg) as part of the supermarket's Every Can Helps event with the Trussell Trust.

Tesco staff collected over 200kg of food on Friday, while Hastings Foodbank volunteers received 800kg in donations from customers yesterday – a record high for one day!

Since the foodbank opened 15 months ago, we have fed over 2,500 local people, and in recent months the need has been increasing to the point where we are giving out more food than we are receiving in. Supermarket collections such as this are absolutely crucial for replenishing stocks, so we are grateful to Tesco for their support and for promising to top up the 1,000kg donations by an additional 30%!

We were also pleased to have the support of local politicians during the collection, with local Conserative MP Amber Rudd spending an hour with us asking shoppers to pick up an item or two for our trolleys, and local Labour Parliamentary Candidate Sarah Owen donating a trolley-load of food for local people in crisis situations.

MP at foodbank collectionSarah Owen at foodbank collection

Natalie Williams

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14th June 2012

660kg of food collected

Members of King's spent the day at Tesco in Hollington on Saturday (9th June), collecting food for the Foodbank. Generous shoppers donated two-thirds of a metric ton of food during the day, which is approximately 660kg. The food will be distributed to local people facing crisis situations.

There are over 5,500 children living in poverty in Hastings & St Leonards*, and we set up the Hastings Foodbank in response to a growing need. Working with others such as St Helen's Church, the Foodbank is providing emergency food and support to local people who are referred via a range of agencies, including Citizens' Advice Bureau, the Council's Housing Services, Family Outreach Services and others.

To find out more, visit:

*Hastings Borough Council's Anti-Poverty Strategy 2011


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