Food Bank update – an amazing donation from Edinburgh Helping Hands
On Christmas Eve, the community group ‘Edinburgh Helping Hands’ had a food collection at the Hibs Stadium and those attending the match that day gave an astounding 15 tonnes of food. If this was not amazing enough, in addition, through the ‘Just Giving’ web site, they donated to the food bank a cheque for £3366.36. I, on behalf of the food bank management committee and all our team of volunteers, would like to give a big thank you to Bradley Welsh and all his team of volunteers, who organised the event and to all the Hib’s supporters who dated that day. Pictured is Bradley giving the cheque to Rev Iain May and in the background just some of the food donated.
Rev Iain may
Chair, Edinburgh NE food bank.
The Edinburgh North East Foodbank started in October 2013. It is being run initially by the four Church of Scotland congregations in Leith. Each of the congregations has a period each day where they are ready to exchange vouchers for emergency food boxes. This means food is available to people in crisis Monday to Friday.
Foodbank show Jesus' love in action by giving food to people in crisis in the local area, providing short term emergency relief. Our Church-led foodbanks engage the whole community in providing food to local people going hungry.
The foodbank stores or 'banks' food donated by the community, and can be drawn on by people in crisis. It is a simple and unique concept designed to help individuals in crisis by providing free emergency food for three days (10 balanced meals). Three days is the period assessed as being the minimum time it takes for the appropriate agencies to be in a position where they are able to assist. This period can be extended if necessary. We collect food from the public at supermarkets, from churches and through local groups and schools, and this is 'banked' in a store. Food is drawn as a result of referrals from registered Care Professionals such as Social Services, Health Visitors, Probation Officers, Church Pastoral Workers, Schools and others working in the front line of poverty.
Link to Edinburgh NE Foodbank
A Foodbank for Leith and beyond
Please help local people in crisis by buying items from the list below and delivering them to any of the noted foodbanks mentioned in the previous link.