In February 2010, I was on a church weekend away when I learned that one family in our church had gone two days without food. I decided to cut short the weekend and attend the service on Sunday in our church. The mother had lost her job, the dad could not find any work, and mortgage was to be paid…
I remember explaining the situation and then reading at the front of the congregation “…but that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honoured, all rejoice together”. I asked that we start a collection of food to help families in crisis.
That very day, a small foodbank started, but soon after we realised that the need was not just in our church, but in the community.
After a meeting with a number of churches, in April 2010 City Gates and King’s Church Ilford* decided to join the Trussell Trust, network of foodbanks in the UK and start Redbridge Foodbank.
* Now known as Jubilee Church Ilford
Redbridge foodbank launch September 2010
Read more then contact us at:
Jubilee Church - Ilford
14 Granville Road
Ilford IG1 4JY
T:0208 518 0056
M:07905 820 537
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NEIGHBOURHOOD FOOD COLLECTION
We had an opportunity once again of having our foodbank stand in the lobby of Tesco Barkingside (Cranbrook Road) for the 3-day National Neighbourhood Food Collection (Thursday 30th June to Saturday 2nd July 2016). These events enable us to create awareness of our foodbank project - the community can meet and speak to the volunteers who run foodbank and we can personally thank those who support us.
This summer customers and staff donated an amazing 1.2 tonnes in food and toiletry items along with £453.70 cash donations!
Our sincere thanks and appreciation goes out to everyone who contributed to our cause this weekend.
We also want to give a special mention to Justine (Charity Champion, Tesco Barkingside), our regular volunteers who put in extra hours and the occasional/one-off volunteers - thank you all for making the event happen!
If you would like to help out at any of our future events -
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THANK YOU to all the Schools, Churches, Community Groups, businesses, organisations, families and individuals who continue to support foodbank with generous donations. Your donations of food, toiletry items and time - enable us to run foodbank effectively and provide a service in the community that supports individuals and families in desperate need.