About the Trussell Trust Foodbank

Please find below our Lent appeal campaign poster.  The idea is not for any one individual to do the whole thing, other than the prayer points, but that as a church, congregation members will donate the items suggested to contribute towards a whole church donation over Lent”.

“It would be entirely up to you if this is therefore collected somewhere at a church and made one big donation/collection on the Thursday before Good Friday or if people do it personally and donate it themselves direct to us”:

“If you would like to donate to the food bank, we are currently most in need of: Tinned vegetables (carrots, peas, sweet-corn), long life sponge puddings and shower gel. We are very well stocked with baked beans, cereal, pasta, soup and sanitary-wear thank you!”

“We also are grateful for any and all financial donations; details of how to give can be found on our website.”  wwwnorwichfoodbank.co.uk .

Every day people in the UK go hungry for reasons ranging from redundancy to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income. Trussell Trust foodbanks provide a minmum of three days’ worth of emergency food and support to people experiencing crisis in the UK. In 2016-17 foodbanks provided supplies for 1,182,954 people.

The Trussell Trust partners with churches and communities to open foodbanks nationwide. All food is donated by the public and sorted by volunteers. Frontline care professionals such as doctors and social workers identify people in crisis and issue a food voucher. Clients receive three days’ worth of nutritionally balanced non-perishable food in exchange for their food voucher. Foodbanks also make time to chat and signpost clients to other helpful services.

Shellrock benefice supports both the Norwich and Thetford food banks.

Over 937 three day emergency food supplies were provided to local people in crisis by Thetford foodbank during 2016-17, compared to 895 in 2015-16. The foodbank serves Thetford, Attleborough, Brandon and Watton and their surrounding rural areas. The top three reasons for foodbank referral were: low income 30%, benefit delay 26%; benefit change 11%. Over the last year, local people have donated 15.6 tonnes of food to our Foodbank, and over 50 volunteered. Local schools, businesses and faith groups all provide vital support to the foodbank.

From the Norwich foodbank, as at 1 November 2018, you have collected a total of more than 2,562kg of food, including a Harvest donation of over 122kg. Based on the average weight of the food boxes we supply, this would be enough to feed approximately 341 local people, who are in crisis, for 3 days.

What does a food bank need? (Items in red needed most)

Milk (UHT)
Sugar (small bag, 500g)
Long life fruit juice
Pasta sauces
Sponge pudding (tinned/long life)
Tinned tomatoes
Tinned veg
Rice pudding (tinned)
Tea bags
Instant coffee
Instant mash potato
Snack bars
Tinned meat
Tinned fish
Tinned fruit
Instant custard
Shower gel / Shampoo / Toiletries

Please note, the foodbank is unable to collect homemade, non-dated or fresh produce.

Donation points
Donation points in the benefice can be found at Rocklands village shop, Shropham church, Great and Little Ellingham churches and at Great Ellingham shop. If you have donations, but are unable to get to one of these places, please contact us and we will do our best to help.


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