Cambridge City Food Bank in need of your help

Cambridge City Foodbank is a local charity run by people from the city churches. It helps people in crisis by providing 3-day emergency boxes of food and other essentials while they are waiting for other care agencies to start work. Today, a representative visited St John’s Church to speak on how they are doing – and to request help.

The charity collects food – from supermarkets such as Sainsbury’s and Waitrose, as well as from churches and schools and takes it to Pickfords on Clifton Road. There, it is boxed up to provide food boxes for three days. Those in need apply via the Citizens Advice Bureau, health visitor or other care agency. Food boxes are given out four times a week, from Cambridge Community Church, St Paul’s Church and Our Lady and the English Martyrs.

There is a box at St John’s Church on Hills Road. Every Sunday, whether you’re a member of the church or not, you can leave food there just before 10am or 6pm. St John’s is on Hills Road, opposite Homerton College and next to the EF Language School, near the Cavendish Avenue junction.

The Food Bank is always in need of people to collect at the supermarkets – and also for people to distribute the boxes. They are also looking for more warehouse space – if you know of any empty warehouses that could be lent by their owners for the Food Bank, get in touch with them: [email protected]

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Your vote is needed again – this time for charity’s sake

Every year, Sainsbury’s runs a Charity of the Year contest.

I shall be giving my vote to the Cambridge City Foodbank – which collects donations from shoppers at Sainsbury’s in Coldhams Lane, Cambridge. They also collect at Waitrose and Asda , but I believe Sainsbury’s was the first Cambridge supermarket to welcome Foodbank into their foyer – at least, that’s what they said when I did a session last year.

Cambridge City Foodbank would really appreciate your visiting Sainsbury’s and voting for them as Charity of the Year. This will strengthen their position and their chances of being able to continue collecting there on a monthly basis. You can vote any time between tomorrow (9th May) and the end of May. You need to fill in a form saying what the charity contributes to the local community, and how it helps people. Here is a copy of the form, in the Sainsbury’s ‘It’s Time to Nominate your Favourite Local Charity leaflet: CAMCANON_Canon018_1648_001

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