Scunthorpe Baptist Church, in partnership with The Trussell Trust, has created Scunthorpe Foodbank. The Foodbank became operational in July 2010. This is an exciting initiative for North Lincolnshire and has already had a beneficial impact on the most needy people in our community with over 3,000 adults and children fed in our first 30 months - that's the equivalent of over 30,000 meals!
Foodbank holds regular collections at Asda, Sainsbury's and Tesco Supermarkets, and benefits from National Agreements with both Asda and Tesco, as well as being one of Sainsbury's named charities.
A number of North Lincolnshire schools and churches collect and donate food as part of their Harvest Festival celebrations, this is a huge blessing to us.
The Foodbank is a store where food donated by the local community is banked and can be drawn on by local people in crisis. It is a simple concept designed to help individuals and families in crisis by providing free emergency food for 3 days (it aims to give 10 balanced meals), this being the period assessed as the minimum time it takes for the appropriate agencies to be in a position to assist. The period can be extended if required.
The Church has formed a number of partnerships with around 35 local care professional agencies and organisations, whose clients are most likely to be those in need. As they identify a need, they issue Foodbank vouchers. Clients are then instructed to visit the Foodbank distribution centre, where they can exchange the voucher for 3 days of tinned and dry food for their families or just for them if they are a single person.
You can now donate to Foodbank simply by texting FOOD10 £(amount) to 70070.
For example, 'FOOD10 £5' will donate £5 to Scunthorpe Foodbank. The amount donated will be deducted from your credit balance if you are a 'Pay As You Go' customer or it will appear on your next mobile phone bill.
UK tax payers will be prompted to gift aid the amount if they wish to which will add a further 25p in the pound from the UK government.
Every penny donated will go towards feeding local people in crisis.