Eastbourne Foodbank was opened in June 2011 by Howard Wardle from Community Church – Eastbourne, in response initially to a regular requirement to provide food for families who were caught up in a severe debt trap. It was impossible for one small church to meet this need on a regular basis so investigations were made for a Christian organisation that had experience of food collection & distribution who we could work with.   In December 2010 we signed an agreement to work with the Trussell Trust and Eastbourne Foodbank was launched in a very small portacabin.

Since we opened to the public in June 2011, almost 86 tonnes of food has been donated and 79 tonnes distributed to 10,500 vulnerable people in Eastbourne.  We now operate from a building in the town centre that has been kindly loaned to us by St Andrews URC.

We work with 109 teams of ‘front line care professionals’ such as Citizens Advice Centre, Health Visitors, Brighton Housing Trust, Doctors, Social Workers, Children’s services, Debt advice etc who issue red food vouchers when necessary  to clients as part of the advice & help they are giving.

The client then exchanges the red food voucher for 3 days food – 10 meals, at one of our 4 collection points in Eastbourne.  Typically a single person would receive 10kg of food and a family with children 35 kg of food.

We are extremely grateful to churches, small businesses & individuals in Eastbourne who regularly donate food to us. Around 21 churches in Eastbourne support us with providing food.  Several churches and schools have agreed to donate their Harvest Festival food to us in the next few weeks.

Twice a year we stand outside a supermarket & ask shoppers to donate food after their shopping. Typically during a one day collection we would collect 1 tonne of food.

We are always short of food and the demand is certainly growing.  As the benefit system changes come into effect we expect demand to grow.  People going through changes in state benefits can often wait in excess of 6 weeks without money until the changes are made.

We are motivated by several verses from the Bible that tell us to feed to hungry and care for those who are less fortunate than we are :

Isaiah 58 v 10 ‘if you spend yourself on behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness’

Matthew 25:35 ‘ for I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink….   Whatever you did for one of these brothers of mine you did for me’

We would like to encourage every person who goes shopping to donate one item to foodbank each week.  If everyone did this we would continue to be able to meet the growing need and enable us to change people’s lives.

Thank you for the support and encouragement that you give to us.  Your support is so appreciated and valued.

Albury House .

 1 Cornfield Lane . Eastbourne . Bn21 4NE

01323 409925

Albury House .

A Supermarket Collection

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