Greenwich Foodbank launched to help local families in need
Churches in the London Borough of Greenwich have stepped in to create a Foodbank for the growing number of local people who need help to feed their families ...
Churches in the London Borough of Greenwich have stepped in to create a Foodbank for the growing number of local people who need help to feed their families.
The idea came from Alan Robinson from Eltham (right) who had been challenged after running Christians Against Poverty's The Money Course at his church, Eltham Green Community Church. He talked with local church leaders and liaised with the national Foodbank network started by the Trussell Trust, and the idea for the project snowballed across the borough.
Building on the work of existing Foodbanks in Plumstead, Thamesmead and Woolwich, the Greenwich Foodbank is now only the second borough-wide Foodbank in London.
Said Alan: “I like the foodbank concept because it gives everyone an opportunity to ‘help their neighbour’. Contributions may range from donating a tin of soup to working full-time on the project and everything in-between.”
At its recent launch, more than 60 people pledged their interest and some 20 churches in the area are now committed to collecting food.
Currently, Greenwich Foodbank is distributing food through three Welcome Centres in Thamesmead, Plumstead and Woolwich, but has identified at least five other sites. The search is on to locate a central warehouse.
Greenwich Foodbank is supported by the Ecumenical Borough Deans who are keen to work with other individuals and organisations as part of a more holistic solution to this growing crisis.
Rev Paul Rogers, Borough Dean and Trustee of Greenwich Foodbank commented: “Alan has done a tremendous work here bringing so many people together to address this important issue and provide a means of fulfilling Jesus’ command to ‘love your neighbour’.
“We want to see this work continue to grow and will work with different groups and individuals in order to help those in need, absolutely regardless of their faith.”