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From: Newall Peter [mailto:peternewall@thurrock.foodbank.org.uk
Sent: 16 June 2022 14:18
Subject: Weekly Wire

 

Good afternoon to you all,

I hope you all are enjoying the lovely hot weather, and havent got too hot and bothered!

Another busy week in the the life of Thurrock Foodbank 

Following last week's visit by our MP Stephen Metcalf this week, we had Tracy and Leslie from the Community Team at Sainsburys Chafford Hundred to meet with us at our Warehouse. We had a very productive and informative meeting. It is always good to be able to meet the people that support us and help them understand our work in more depth and how they can support us further going forward.  

We have also been working with the Youth Offending team and they are bringing along young people that are supervised 1x1, that need to fulfil their Community service, by volunteering in the community. It is a good initiative that we are happy to support and the young people that have come to us, have worked hard with their supervision and you can see the immediate difference. It is an excellent way for them to learn about the role of the foodbank and its role in the community, whilst giving something back to the community.

 

All photos of our exploits are always available on our social media feeds, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and on our Website.

 

Demand is still fairly strong being about 20% above pre pandemic levels, which leaves us short on certain items. Every donation, however large or small, is so very much valued and is so important to us.

This weeks list of items include:

Tinned Potatoes

Cooking Sauces
Tinned meats - Spaghetti Bolognese, Tinned Curry, Sausages & Beans etc,
Sponge Puddings
Tinned Custard
Cereals

Tinned Fruit

Long Life Milk
Noodles (either Pot Noodles or dried packet noodles)
Fruit Juice/ Squash

Date for your Diary:
Thurrock Foodbank 10 Year Celebration of Thanks.


Monday 25th July 2022 , Timing TBC PM @ Main Hall,
Thurrock Christian Fellowship 2-4 Chase Road, Corringham SS17 7QH

We are limited on numbers allowed, but if you would like to join us please do confirm that you are able to join our celebration.

 

We do really appreciate your continued prayers and support, as we continue to support those in need across Thurrock, it really does make a difference and we see it working in our day to day work.

 

We are lso still looking for help at our Summer Tesco Collection on Thursday 30th June until Saturday 2nd July. This is a vital contribution to our stock levels, so if you can spare a few hours to help either as an individual to join the team or as a group then we can also accommodate that., please do not hesitate to contact us.

If you require any further information regarding our work or would to discuss any aspect of our work in more detail please do not hesitate to contact me,

 

Best Regards

 

Pete Newall

Operations Manager Thurrock Foodbank

Office: 01375-416200


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Subject: Weekly Wire 9 June 2022

 

Good afternoon from a busy Corringham Warehouse,

Another busy week delivering out to our centres, to date we have fed 1597 people in Thurrock since 1st April 2022, 703 which were children.

It is so sad to see so many struggling at this time, as we are working hard with other agencies across the borough to give people hope of a better future and get them the help that they need. Although demand is slightly down 6% on last year, we are still 20% above pre-pandemic levels.

 

I trust you all enjoyed the Jubilee Celebrations, and on that note: 

 

"We are 10 years Old" 

 

Keeping up the celebration theme "Thurrock Foodbank is 10 years old" and we want to have a celebration of Thanks, for all those that have supported us over the past 10 years.This Celebration will include Volunteers, Corporate contacts, local dignitaries.

Keep the date Free: Monday 25th July pm.


We hope you can join us, and if you can Please let us know if you are able to join us, as we do have a limit on the number we are able to host.

 

We were delighted to welcome our MP Stephen Metcalfe to the Warehouse, 

 

Every donation is so very much valued however large or small it is and every donation is so important to us.


This weeks list of items that we have lower stocks on include:

Tinned meats - Spaghetti Bolognese, Tinned Curry, Sausages & Beans etc,
Tinned Fish,
Sponge Puddings
Tinned Custard
Rice Pudding
Fruit Juice/ Squash
Dried Noodles
Long Life Milk

Thank you for your continued prayers and support, as we continue to support those in need across Thurrock, it is really valued at this time.

We are still looking for help at our Summer Tesco Collection, this is a vital contribution to our stock levels, so if you can spare a few hours to help either as an individual to join the team or as a group then we can also accommodate that., please do not hesitate to contact us.

If you require any further information regarding our work or would to discuss any aspect of our work in more detail please do not hesitate to contact me,

 

Best Regards


Pete Newall

Operations Manager Thurrock Foodbank

Office: 01375-416200


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Subject: Weekly Wire. 20 May

 

Good afternoon to you all from a somewhat damp but bright Corringham warehouse, 

Where has the sunshine gone?

Apologies for there being no Wire last week but I finally got away for a week's holiday.

Now back to reality!

A massive thank you to Kim, our Community Champion and all those that helped and contributed to the recent ASDA collection. It was a great success, and helped build up a little stock on some of the items we were a bit low on.

 

Next month we have a 3 day collection event at Tesco Lakeside, so do please let us know if you are able to help out for an hour or two, either as an individual or as a team.

 

Unfortunately there have been some somewhat clumsy comments by some of our politicians

including comments made by Lee Anderson yesterday, saying people should just budget/cook better. As you know it’s such a complex subject and going down this route can really detract from our message that people just don’t have enough money. So Trussell Trust have issued a  central comment which Foodbanks have been advised to stick to as closely as possible. 


“Research from the Trussell Trust and other independent organisations is clear – that the need for foodbanks in the UK is about lack of income, not food. Everyone should have enough money in their pockets to afford the essentials but people at food banks are telling us they’re skipping meals to feed their children and requesting food products that don’t need heating because they can’t afford to switch on the oven. For millions of families on the very lowest incomes, this isn’t a cost of living crisis, it’s about the cost of surviving.

“Cooking from scratch won’t help families keep the lights on or put food on the table, if they don’t have enough money in their pockets. Our research shows that people at food banks had on average just £57 a week to live on after housing costs, and no amount of budget management or cooking classes will make this stretch to cover council tax, energy bills, food and all the other essentials we all need to get by. That’s why we’re urgently calling on the government to bring benefits in line with the true cost of living and – in the longer term – to introduce a commitment in the benefits system to ensure everyone can afford the essentials we all need to survive.”

 

Last week the Trussell Trust shared our end of year stats, which clearly illustrate an accelerating crisis in the last six months, following the cut to Universal Credit and the rising cost of living. It is sad that there are so many in this situation in the UK.

 

Every donation, however large or small, is so very much valued and is so important to us.
This weeks list of items include:
Tinned meats - Spaghetti Bolognese, Tinned Curry, Sausages & Beans etc,
Sponge Puddings
Tinned Custard
Cereals
Noodles (either Pot Noodles or dried packet noodles)
Fruit Juice/ Squash

 

Date for your Diary:

The future strategy of Thurrock Foodbank.

Monday 23rd May 2022 , from 1:00 pm @ Main Hall,

Thurrock Christian Fellowship 2-4 Chase Road, Corringham SS17 7QH


The future strategy of Thurrock Foodbank.Hopefully this will give an insight to our work, how weare working and things we are looking to implement in the future.

It will also give the opportunity to ask questions about our Operations.

I do hope you can make it

Thank you for your continued prayers and support, as we continue to support those in need across Thurrock, it is really valued.

If you require any further information regarding our work or would to discuss any aspect of our work in more detail please do not hesitate to contact me,

 

Best regards

 

Pete Newall

Operations Manager Thurrock Foodbank

Office: 01375-416200





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