Mon 07/10/19

'I enjoy every session, ensuring each client leaves with a smile...'

Volunteers, supporters and friends of Purley Food Hub attended the Annual General Meeting at Christ Church Purley on Thursday 3rd October. Guest speakers included Lizzie Englefield from St Mary's Catholic High School, Jo Doherty and Mimi Khorsand from the Happy Baby Community and Nicky Powell from Croydon Refugee Day Centre, as well as Food Hub volunteers Cynthia Smith and Betty Jones. Please click here to view our 2018/2019 Annual Report.

Facts from the Report's Our Year In Numbers feature include: 691 clients, referred by 69 agencies in the borough, visited the Food Hub a total of 1,474 times and received food and toiletries for 3,262 people; at 3 meals a day for 3 days for each person, that's 29,358 meals provided. And among the volunteers explaining In Our Own Words what keeps them coming back to help, Emily writes: 'I have been part of the team for over 4 years and have enjoyed every session, welcoming each client and ensuring they leave with a smile and small reassurance that their short-term food supply has been covered. I really enjoy the teamwork and positive atmosphere. No matter what the circumstances, family size or time, there is always an enthusiastic team waiting to help.'

 

Tue 01/10/19

Vegetarian meals, bottles of squash and packets of dried potatoes top October's list

The 1,899 meals provided in September to hard-pressed clients and their families took us past 20,000 meals in total so far this year and to almost 155,000 since we opened in January 2013. Click here please for our October food list. Tinned vegetarian meals, small bottles of squash and packets of dried potatoes head October's list, which also includes hot chocolate requiring only water, jars of meat and fish paste, toddler microwavable meals and packets of custard requiring only water. Three non-food items on the list are: disposable razors, non bio washing powder capsules/tablets and small washing up liquid. Thank you everyone for your donations, however big or small - every item we receive goes to someone in need.

 

Mon 23/09/19

Thank you Waitrose Sanderstead!

Generous shoppers at Waitrose Sanderstead donated the equivalent of 14 trolleyloads of food and other items, plus £151.13 in cash, in our latest collection at the store on Friday 20th September. Thank you very much everyone, not forgetting the Waitrose staff and management (and our own Food Hub collectors and sorters!). Our final two supermarket collections of the year are on Saturday 16th November at Waitrose Coulsdon and Friday 6th December at Waitrose Sanderstead, both 9am - 6pm.

 

Sun 01/09/19

Can you help please to build up our food stocks again in September...?

August's record-equalling 2,304 meals provided to struggling clients and their families (the same number as a year ago) took the combined June-August total to a most-ever 7,029 - 200 more than last summer. It means that as we start on the autumn road to Christmas, our food stocks have become somewhat depleted and we would greatly appreciate your help in building up the stock levels again during September...

So, please click here for our September food list. Once again long life whole milk tops our list of priority items needed, followed by small bags of sugar, long life fruit juice, small bottles of squash, packets of dried potatoes, packet soup, jars of pasta sauce, packets of savoury biscuits and tins of rice pudding and dessert fruit. Two non-food items we especially need are unisex shower gel and small washing up liquid. As always, on behalf of our clients, we warmly thank you for your wonderful support.

 

Thu 01/08/19

Long life whole milk again heads our Top 10 priority items needed in August

The past months's 2,538 meals provided for hard-pressed clients and their families made it the Food Hub's busiest July since we started in 2013...as well as taking us past the landmark figure of 150,000 meals overall. As an indication of our steadily increasing busy-ness, we passed 50,000 meals in September 2015 (32 months). 100,000 in September 2017 (24 months) and now 150,000 in July 2019 (22 months).

Please click here for our August food list with long life whole milk once more heading the Top 10 priority items, along with 500g packets of breakfast cereals, small jars of honey, long life fruit juice / small bottles of squash, packets of dried potatoes, small packets of savoury rice, packet soup and tinned rice pudding. Two non-food items we especially need are small washing up liquid and unisex shampoo. As always, thank you for your support.

 

Sat 27/07/19

Food Hub passes 150,000 meals milestone

Today we passed our latest milestone by providing the 150,000th meal to the Food Hub's clients and their families since we opened six and a half years ago in January 2013. To date, 2,688 clients have attended a total of 7,408 times and we have provided food for 16,681 people going through hard times. At three meals a day for three days for each person, that's a grand total of 150,129 meals so far. Once again, we say a huge, heartfelt thank-you to our wonderful volunteers and supporters who make the Food Hub happen: including those who serve our clients each Saturday and Wednesday, sort and date-label food donations on Mondays, refill the shelves on Tuesdays and collect donations at supermarkets...plus the many, many churches, schools, organisations, businesses and families and individuals who give us food, toiletries and money. It is one tremendous all-round community effort and we warmly thank everyone involved.

 

Tue 16/07/19

Waitrose Coulsdon shoppers show their generosity once more

14 large trolleyloads of food and other items plus £100.44 in cash were donated by generous shoppers in our collection at Waitrose Coulsdon on 13th July - thank you very much everyone, we are most grateful. Our next collections to the end of the year are on Friday 20th September at Waitrose Sanderstead, Saturday 16th November at Waitrose Coulsdon and Friday 6th December at Waitrose Sanderstead, all 9am - 6pm.

 

Mon 01/07/19

Needed in July please: tinned meat, whole milk, fruit juice, pulses...and TIN OPENERS

Another 2,187 meals were provided for Purley Food Hub clients and their families in June, taking 2019's meals total so far to just short of 14,000. To date, since the Food Hub started in January 2013, 2,657 clients have visited 7,303 times between them and we have provided food for 16,426 people in crisis. At 3 meals a day for 3 days for each person, that's close to 148,000 meals overall.

The July food list sets out this month's Top 10 priority items: tinned plain meat (corned beef, ham, chicken), hot chocolate drink requiring only water, long life whole milk, fruit juice/small bottles of squash, tinned pulses (kidney beans, lentils, chickpeas), sweet biscuits and packets of custard requiring only water. Non-food items needed please are unisex deodorant and shampoo...and TIN OPENERS. Thank you as always.

 

Wed 19/06/19

Waitrose Sanderstead once again display great generosity

The equivalent of 8 large trolleyloads of food and other items plus £167 in cash were donated by customers of Waitrose Sanderstead in our collection at the store on Friday 14th June. Our collectors enjoyed good conversations with the friendly shoppers who took the opportunity to find out more about the work of the Food Hub. The day ended with a gentleman rushing over as the team were clearing up to put a £20 note in the collection bottle. Thank you everyone for your generous support once again. Our next supermarket collection is at Waitrose Coulsdon on Saturday 13th July, 9am - 6pm.

 

Thu 06/06/19

Sainsbury's Warlingham chooses Food Hub for 150 days of donations

As part of Sainsbury's 150th anniversary celebrations, staff at the Warlingham store have kindly nominated Purley Food Hub as their chosen charity for 150 days. They will be at the collection basket several times a week to encourage shoppers to donate items and they will then deliver the items to the Food Hub each week for our volunteers to sort and put on the shelves. So a big thank-you to the shoppers and staff at Sainsbury's Warlingham! Pictured (left to right) are our volunteers Ros and Jean with Louise and Ryan from Sainsbury's.

 

Sat 01/06/19

Long life milk and fruit juice, peas, carrots, tomatoes...and toilet rolls are needed most in June

With nearly 2,450 meals provided for hard-pressed clients and their families during this past month, it was our second busiest May since the Food Hub opened 6 years ago. It took the year's total to almost 11,800 meals so far in 2019 and past 145,000 overall since 2013. Thank you everyone for your part in making this possible.

Our June food list has this month's Top 10 priority items: cartons of long life whole milk, long life milk alternatives (soya, oat, almond), long life fruit juice / bottles of squash, 500g packets of sugar, tins of peas and carrots, tinned tomatoes and packet custard requiring only water. Non-food items needed are toilet rolls, unisex deodorant and non bio washing tablets/sachets.

 

Thu 23/05/19

American university students visit the Food Hub

We were delighted to welcome a team of 7 American university students to the Food Hub yesterday (Wednesday). The young people - from Palm Beach Atlantic University in Florida - spent the morning receiving food donations from customers at Sainsbury's Local Purley, sorting and date-stamping items and bagging chocolate treats and washing machine tablets ready to go on the shelves for clients coming to the Food Hub on Saturday. The students came as part of their 3-week working visit to Old Lodge Lane Baptist Church, Purley, for which they raised their own funds.

So, thank you Kylee, Ethan, Pearson, Jessica, Ali, Delaney and Courtney - it was great to meet you and to have you working with us!

 

Tue 21/05/19

Thank you shoppers at the Co-op Hamsey Green

Generous shoppers at the Co-op Hamsey Green donated 27 bags of food and toiletries and £108.34 in cash during our collection at the store on Saturday 18th May. Thank you all - every item and every pound you kindly donated will make a real difference to people in need at this time.

 

Wed 01/05/19

Long life fruit juice and milk, breakfast cereals and tinned meat top May's most-needed list

For the fourth month in a row, the number of meals provided by the Food Hub topped 2,000 again in April. That's now more than 9,300 meals provided to struggling clients and their families in 2019 so far. Our May food list sets out this month's priority items required: cartons of long life fruit juice and whole milk, 500g packets of breakfast cereals, tins of chicken, ham and corned beef, packets of dried potato, tins of rice pudding and packet custard. Non food items listed are unisex deodorant and non bio washing tablets/sachets. The list also gives details of several places in Purley where donations can be taken. Once again we thank you for your support.

 

Thu 18/04/19

Waitrose Coulsdon shoppers donate seven trolleyloads of goods plus £211

Generous shoppers at Waitrose Coulsdon donated seven large trolleyloads of goods and £211 in cash in our latest collection at the store on Saturday 13th April. We are most grateful for every donation received. Please look out for our volunteers at our next two collections at the Co-op Hamsey Green on 18th May and Waitrose Sanderstead on 15th June.

 

Sun 07/04/19

Can you help? We need more Sorters, Stackers, Packers and Refreshment Volunteers...

We are currently looking for more volunteers to join our friendly Food Hub team. Specifically, we need more Sorters, Stackers, Packers and Refreshment Volunteers at our Distribution Centre in central Purley, and also more Supermarket Collectors. Details are here on our website: click on how can I help? in the menu (top right) and then scroll down to Help at our Distribution Centre. To find out more, please contact us on 07546 635295 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will arrange for you to come to a taster session. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

Mon 01/04/19

Breakfast cereals, sugar, savoury rice and tins of plain meat most needed in April

Last month was our busiest-ever March since the Food Hub started in 2013, with food for 2,780 meals provided for hard-pressed clients and their families. It takes the total number of meals provided already this year to 7,300, and past 140,000 overall. Our April food list has the Top 10 priority items currently most needed, including 500g packets of breakfast cereals, small bags of sugar, microwavable packets of savoury rice, and tins of corned beef, chicken and ham. Also needed this month are jars of pasta sauce, tins of dessert fruit, and children's chocolate treats, and three non-food items: unisex deodorant, sanitary pads, and non bio washing tablets/sachets. Huge thanks once more for everyone's continued support.

 

Thu 21/03/19

15 trolleyloads of goods and £216 donated at Waitrose Sanderstead

We had another very successful collection at Waitrose Sanderstead on Saturday 16th March with 15 trolleyloads of goods and £216 being donated. Thank you Waitrose customers as always for your generosity. Our next supermarket collections are at Waitrose Coulsdon on 13th April and the Co-op Hamsey Green on 18th May.

 

Tue 05/03/19

Magnificent Seven swim 106 lengths and raise £1,670

What a team! Our 'Magnificent Seven' swimmers - aged from 10 to 81 - completed 106 lengths of Purley Pool to raise £1,670 in sponsorship at Purley Rotary Club's Swimathon event on Saturday 2nd March. Well done everyone, we salute you: (front) Jude and Betty, (middle) Ernest, Louise, Winnie and Terry, (back) Howard, the team captain.

And below: (left to right) Betty, Terry, Howard, Ernest, Winnie, Louise and Jude.

 

Sat 02/03/19

Meat and fish paste and tinned vegetables and fruit head March's most-needed list

A further 2,000 meals were provided by the Food Hub in February to people going through hard times. These bring the overall total of meals to approaching 140,000 since we opened in 2013. In March, the priority items needed are jars of meat paste and fish paste, tinned peas, carrots and pulses, such as kidney beans and chickpeas, and tins of dessert fruit. Also needed are jars of strawberry jam and raspberry jam, and cartons of long life fruit juice and small bottles of squash, and non-food items are unisex shower gel and disposable razors. Please click here for the full list, including the places in Purley where donations can be dropped off. As always, thank you very much for your generous support.

 

Mon 25/02/19

22 bags of food are donated by generous shoppers at the Co-op Kenley

Shoppers at the Co-op Kenley kindly donated 22 bags of food and toiletries and £55.85 in our collection at the store on Saturday 23rd February. Thank you everyone - each item donated is always most gratefully received. Our next collections are at Waitrose Sanderstead on 16th March and Waitrose Coulsdon on 13th April.

 

Fri 01/02/19

9 priority items especially needed by the Food Hub in February

Food for just over 2,500 meals was provided by Purley Food Hub to people in crisis in January in a busy start to 2019. In the month that marked the Food Hub's 6th birthday, it took the overall total of meals provided so far to past 135,000. Our February food list has 9 priority items that are particularly needed just now, including tinned plain meat (chicken, ham corned beef) and ready meat meals and tins of carrots, peas and dessert fruit. Savoury biscuits and long life whole milk are also listed, along with adult toothbrushes and size 5 nappies. We are so grateful for everyone's support.

 

Mon 21/01/19

Shoppers at Waitrose Coulsdon donate 8 trolleyloads of food and £146

The collections we hold each month at local supermarkets are a major source of the food that we can give to our clients and their families. In our first collection of 2019 at Waitrose Coulsdon on Saturday 19th January generous shoppers donated the equivalent of 8 trolleyloads of food and toiletries, plus £146.45. Thank you all very much - with big thanks too to the store's staff and management. Our next collections are at the Co-op Kenley on 23rd February and Waitrose Sanderstead on 16th March.

 

Mon 07/01/19

How you can get involved in helping the Food Hub

Our new How you can help leaflet highlights the various ways that people can get involved with Purley Food Hub by:

  • Helping with food collections at local supermarkets
  • Joining our team of volunteers
  • Encouraging your school/college, business or organisation to give support
  • Donating food
  • Giving money

To view the leaflet, please click here. For more details, you can phone us on 07546 635295 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Mon 07/01/19

How you can get involved in helping the Food Hub

Our new How you can help leaflet highlights the various ways that people can get involved with Purley Food Hub by:

  • Helping with food collections at local supermarkets
  • Joining our team of volunteers
  • Encouraging your school/college, business or organisation to give support
  • Donating food
  • Giving money 

To view the leaflet, please click here. For more details, you can phone us on 07546 635295 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Tue 01/01/19

Peanut butter, honey, dried potato and tins of plain meat are our top needs in January

Jars of peanut butter and honey, packets of dried potato and tins of plain meat and ready meat meals head up the list of food items we need most for our clients in January 2019. The January food list also includes tins of rice pudding and cartons of long life whole milk, along with deodorant, shampoo and small bottles of washing up liquid. Thank you very much everyone.

 

Fri 28/12/18

Film feast of donations to the Food Hub...

We are very grateful to Croydon's David Lean Cinema and their patrons who today donated £318 and 12 big bags of food and other items to the Food Hub as 'payment' to see this afternoon's film, 'Babette's Feast'. We will be able to use the money to buy our next batch of pre-paid bus tickets for struggling clients who would otherwise be walking home with their heavy food parcels.

 

Sat 22/12/18

OUR BUSIEST EVER DAY AT THE FOOD HUB!

Today was the busiest ever day in the Food Hub's six-year history. Thirty-nine clients attended and we provided food for a total of 113 people; at three meals a day for three days for each person, that's just over 1,000 meals provided in the session. It took us past 30,000 meals overall in 2018, our biggest annual total since we opened in January 2013.

At the same time, 102 volunteers in 34 cars delivered 160 hampers, including a turkey and all the trimmings, to 160 people nominated by our food ticket partners as part of the Christmas Lunch On Jesus scheme. And last week 226 children received a gift and chocolate selection box through another Food Hub project, Toys For Joy.

We send heartfelt thanks and very best Christmas and New Year wishes to all of our volunteers, friends and supporters. Please click here to read our December newsletter.

 

Thu 20/12/18

Coloma come bearing Christmas food donations

Girls from Coloma Convent Girls' School today kindly brought us 30 bags of food and toiletries collected by Years 9 and 12. Other recent donations of food and money have included from:

  • AIG Croydon (Personal Insurance UK Claims Team)
  • Caridon Property & Foundation
  • Coulsdon College
  • Keston Primary School
  • Optivo Croydon
  • SECOM Kenley
  • Southern Rail train drivers based at Selhurst and Norwood depots
  • United Airlines Heathrow
  • Wallington High School for Girls
  • Woodcote High School (who, as well as 30 boxes of food, also gave us £358 from their excellent 'Spirit of Christmas' concert on 6th December - plus £60 raised from a 40p donation for each charity Christmas card the school sent out)

We are extremely grateful for each and every single donation we have received during the year, however big or small - from schools and churches, businesses and organisations, and many individuals and families (including a lot of reverse Advert calendar donations). Thank you all very much indeed - we greatly appreciate your generosity.

 

Mon 10/12/18

26 trolleyloads of goods plus £330 from our collections at Waitrose

Enormous thanks to the customers, staff and management at the two Waitrose stores in Sanderstead and Coulsdon for their outstanding response to our collections in November and December. At Coulsdon on 17th November we collected 8 trolleyloads of food and toiletries, etc, and £103 in cash, then at Sanderstead on 8th December we received 18 trolleyloads plus £227. This was on top of the donations we receive throughout the year in our collection box at Sanderstead. We are hugely grateful to everyone.

 

Sat 01/12/18

Milk, fruit juice and potatoes are needed most in December - along with Christmas treats

For the 9th month this year we passed 2,000 meals provided in a month in November - that's more than 27,000 meals this year so far and more than 130,000 in total since we started nearly 6 years ago. To keep our stocks replenished for December, traditionally our busiest month of the year, our December food list includes requests for cartons of long life whole milk and fruit juice, tins of potatoes or packets of dried potato, jars of fish paste, Christmas biscuits and chocolate treats for children. Also needed at this time are adult toothpaste, toilet rolls and tin openers. Thank you so much for your support.

 

Fri 02/11/18

Tinned meat, potatoes, honey and long life milk head November's food list

As we seek to maintain our food stocks in the busy run-up to Christmas, tins and packets of potatoes/dried potato, tinned chicken, ham & corned beef, jars of peanut butter & honey, and cartons of long life whole milk head the Food Hub's list of items needed most for our clients in November. Other non-food items required are size 6 nappies, washing up liquid and tin openers. Please click here for the full list and where donations can be taken. Thank you very much.

 

Thu 01/11/18

Churches and 30 schools lead the response to our appeal for extra donations

Two months ago we were concerned because our food stocks had never been so low and we issued an urgent appeal for extra donations to replenish our shelves. Since then we have had a magnificent Harvest-time response with large donations from churches and schools, businesses and organisations, families and individuals. We give enormous thanks for each and every donation received - as well as to our Food Hub volunteers: the Monday sorters and Tuesday shelf-fillers and the team of collectors/deliverers.

In total, 30 schools gave us food from their Harvest collections:

PRIMARY - Atwood Academy, Beaumont, Cumnor House Girls, Foresters, Gresham, Harris Academy Kenley, Heathfield Academy, Kenley, Keston, Laleham Lea, Margaret Roper Catholic, New Valley, Oakwood, Oasis Academy Byron, Park Hill Junior, Purley Oaks, Regina Coeli Catholic, Royal Russell Junior, South Norwood, St David's St John's CofE, St Nicholas, St Peter's, The Hayes, Warlingham Park.

SECONDARY - Oasis Academy Coulsdon, St Giles, The John Fisher, Wilson's, Woldingham.

THANK YOU EVERYONE!!!

 

Thu 18/10/18

Ticket partners give presentations at the Food Hub's AGM

Four of the Food Hub's ticket partners gave well-received presentations at our AGM on Tuesday 16th October at Purley United Reformed Church: Sonia Meikle from Croydon Council's Welfare Rights Team, Claire South of the Family Resilience Service, Inez Claus from Evolve Housing + Support and Peter Hall from Croydon Refugee Day Centre. Fifty volunteers, friends and supporters attended the meeting and also heard from Dave Scott, our Client Support Volunteer/Befriender, and accounts of the Food Hub's work from Ivanka Lennon, Chair of Trustees, and Helen Harris, Chair of the Management Committee. Nick Pannell and Trevor Jones were appointed new Trustees, with Jim Beacom and John Stradling standing down. Please click here to see our 2017/2018 Annual Report.

 

Mon 01/10/18

Peanut butter, sugar, potatoes and tinned meat meals needed most in October

Huge thanks from everyone at Purley Food Hub for the superb response from local churches, schools, community organisations and families and individuals to September's urgent appeal for extra donations to address our worryingly low food stocks. We are very grateful!. We still need to maintain and build up our stocks this autumn in the lead-up to Christmas - for example, our busiest ever August was followed in turn by our busiest ever September, with food for very nearly 3,000 meals provided - our fourth highest monthly total since we opened in 2013.

Our October food list includes requests for peanut butter, sugar, tinned/packet potato, tinned meat meals and tinned carrots and peas. Non food items that we especially need are children's toothbrushes, washing up liquid and unisex deodorant.

 

Mon 17/09/18

Waitrose Sanderstead shoppers donate 12 trolleyloads of food and £124.65

Generous shoppers at Waitrose Sanderstead donated 12 trolleyloads of food, toiletries and household items in our latest collection at the store on Saturday 15th September, plus 124.65 in our collecting bottles. Every item collected will go to local families and individuals experiencing hard times, referred to us by agencies throughout Croydon. Our next supermarket collection is at Waitrose Coulsdon on Saturday 17th November, then it's back to Waitrose Sanderstead for our Christmas collection on Saturday 8th December (both 9am - 6pm).

 

Sat 01/09/18

URGENT APPEAL for extra donations of milk, sugar, jam and ready meat meals

After our busiest ever August with 2,300 meals provided to people in crisis - and close to 20,000 meals this year so far - our food stocks have never been as low as they are currently. So, as we move into autumn and the build-up to Christmas, we are in urgent need of extra donations of food and toiletries...

Specifically on our September food list we are asking please for long life whole milk, small bags of sugar, strawberry and raspberry jam, tinned ready meat meals, tins of red kidney beans, jars of pasta sauce and packet soup. The list also includes small packs of tea bags, tinned dessert and rice pudding, packets of sweet biscuits and small bottles of squash. Non food items especially needed are washing up liquid and non bio washing tablets/sachets.

Thank you so much - we greatly appreciate and value everyone's support.

 

Fri 03/08/18

Long life milk, sugar, fish paste and tinned meat top August's most wanted list

With over 17,500 meals provided so far this year to families and single people going through tough times, our food stocks are becoming concerningly low - therefore we are requesting extra help please to refill our shelves in August. We especially need more donations of long life whole milk, 500g bags of sugar, jars of fish and meat paste, and tinned plain meat: chicken, corned beef, ham. Also on our August food list are tins of tuna, packs of 40 or 80 tea bags, chocolate treats for children, and sweet and savoury biscuits. Non food items particularly needed are non bio washing tablets/sachets, disposable razors, and adults' toothbrushes. Thank you very much as always.

 

Thu 21/06/18

We are so grateful for all the donations we receive

We are extremely grateful for all the donations of food, toiletries and money that we regularly receive from local churches, schools, uniformed organisations, Rotary and WI, and businesses, as well as from many mostly anonymous families and individuals. Recent donations have included from:

  • 29th Purley Beavers
  • 1st Purley Beavers
  • Sutton BNI
  • Residents of Reynard Court, Purley
  • Churches: St Peter's, South Croydon; Woodmansterne Baptist; Croham Road Baptist, South Croydon; St John's, Old Coulsdon; St Andrew's, Coulsdon; St Antony's, Hamsey Green; and St Mary Magdalene with St Martin, Addiscombe

Thank you everyone!

 

Mon 18/06/18

Three more highly successful supermarket collections

Our monthly collections at local supermarkets are a major source of food and toiletries, etc, for clients of the Food Hub, so big thanks to the customers, staff and management at these three stores following recent collections there:

  • Waitrose Sanderstead on 16th June - 11 trolleyloads of food, etc, plus £121.72 cash
  • Co-op Hamsey Green on 19th May - 30-plus bags plus £95.00
  • Waitrose Coulsdon on Saturday 21st April - 10 trolleyloads plus £109.99

Our next collection is at Waitrose Coulsdon again on Saturday 14th July, 9.00am-6.00pm.

 

Fri 06/04/18

Thank you so much for your donations of food, toiletries, money...and Easter eggs

We continue to be very thankful for each and every single donation of food, toiletries and money that we receive. Recent donations have included...

Food from these churches:

  • St John the Baptist, Purley
  • St Swithun's Purley
  • All Saints, Kenley
  • St Aidan's, Coulsdon
  • Coulsdon Methodist
  • St Gertrude's, South Croydon
  • St Mary's Sanderstead
  • Montpelier, South Croydon

Food from:

  • The John Fisher School, Purley - Challoner House are currently leading the inter-House competition for most food collected, with Bede still to come in May...

Easter eggs (and also food) from:

  • Tesco, Purley
  • Caridon Property, Croydon
  • Croydon Jobcentre Plus
  • Friends of Grange Park, Old Coulsdon
  • 2nd Coulsdon Rainbows, 14th Coulsdon Brownies & 7th Coulsdon Guides
  • 3rd Kenley Guides

Cash donations from:

  • Woodcote High School - £303.50 from their Christmas Concert in December 2017
  • Croydon Dancing Club - £250

Toiletries each month from:

  • Infohealth Ltd who run two pharmacies in Chipstead Valley Road, Coulsdon

On behalf of all the clients and their families that we serve, we are most grateful to you - and to many others also - for your generous donations.

 

Mon 26/03/18

Waitrose customers donate 18 trolleyloads of food and toiletries

Customers at Waitrose Sanderstead donated an amazing 18 trolleyloads of food and toiletries, plus £120.64, in our latest collection at the store on Saturday 17th March. Everyone was so generous on a day of extreme weather conditions: two people bought one of everything on our shopping list and someone else donated a whole trolleyful of goods. Thank you all, including our team of collectors who braved the snow, wind and cold...and the store's staff who kindly kept them supplied with hot drinks! Our next collections are at Waitrose Coulsdon on Saturday 21st April, at the Co-op Hamsey Green for the first time on 19th May and then Waitrose Sanderstead again on 16th June.

 

07/03/18

Super Swimathon team go great lengths for the Food Hub...!

Our Super Six swimmers - (left to right) Winifred, Howard, Betty, Robin, Terry and James - went to great lengths for the Food Hub in the Purley Swimathon on Thursday 1st March...in fact, a record 124 lengths! They are also likely to have raised a record £1,500 in sponsorship - £900 of which will come back to the Food Hub from Purley Rotary Club who organised the annual event. Thank you Howard and team!

 

Tue 27/02/18

Co-op Kenley's very warm response on a very cold day

A big thank-you to customers and staff at the Co-op Kenley who kindly supported our food collection at the store on Saturday 24th February. Our team collected the equivalent of three trolleyloads of food and toiletries, etc, plus £58.56 - a very warm response on a bitterly cold day! It followed another similarly successful collection at Waitrose Coulsdon on 19th January when shoppers donated eight trolleyloads of items and £125.49. Each item collected at Kenley and Coulsdon is badly needed at a time when we are providing food parcels to increasing numbers of clients and their families in crisis. Our next collections are at Waitrose Sanderstead on Saturday 17th March, Waitrose Coulsdon again on 21st April and the Co-op Hamsey Green for the first time on 19th May.

 

Thu 08/02/18

Wren's 5th birthday treat for the Food Hub!

When Wren Graham gave out the invitations for her 5th birthday party on 3rd February, she asked her 40 young friends not to bring presents for her...but tins of food for the Food Hub. There was such a brilliant response that Mum Jo and great-aunt Mary (pictured with Wren) could hardly fit everything into our store cupboard! Jo said: 'It's so lovely to see what happens when everyone comes together like this and Wren was super proud. I am just so chuffed that we had the chance to help out in a small way.' Big thanks to Jo and Wren!

 

Wed 31/01/18

January sees 70 per cent increase in meals provided compared to a year ago

Traditionally January has been a 'quieter' month at the Food Hub - but not so this year. In total this month we have provided just over 3,500 meals to people in crisis, compared to just over 2,000 meals in January 2017 - an increase of more than 70 per cent. January 2018 has become our second busiest month since we opened 5 years ago...second only to December 2017.

 

Sat 30/12/17

December is busiest ever month for Food Hub

During December we have provided 4,000 meals to nearly 450 people going through tough times - including 2,000 meals in the 3 extremely busy sessions immediately before Christmas. It is our most ever meals provided in a single month and an increase of over 30 per cent on December 2016. In addition 135 turkey-and-trimmings hampers were delivered to needy families in the borough through our Christmas Lunch On Jesus scheme, and 200 children each received 2 toys through Toys For Joy.

 

Mon 11/12/17

Waitrose's excellent support for the Food Hub!

Customers, staff and management at Waitrose's Sanderstead and Coulsdon stores have truly excelled themselves for the benefit of the clients of Purley Food Hub. On Saturday 18th November at Coulsdon our volunteers collected 9 trolleyloads of food and toiletries, etc, plus £137.94 in cash. Then last Saturday (9th December) at Sanderstead we collected 15 trolleyloads and an amazing £378.25. And in between, the Community Matters box at Sanderstead raised £360 for our Christmas Lunch On Jesus scheme to provide Christmas hampers for needy families in Croydon. Thank you everyone - we are so very grateful.

 

Sat 09/12/17

We pass landmark of 100,000 meals in five years for people in crisis

Today at the Food Hub we provided our 100,000th meal since we opened five years ago. Since January 2013 1,969 clients have attended a total of 5,042 times and received food for 11,139 people. Huge thanks to the many churches, schools, businesses, organisations, families and individuals who kindly donate food - and our volunteers who sort and date-stamp it, refill our shelves and serve our clients each Wednesday and Saturday.

 

Thu 30/11/17

Donate one item a day through our Reverse Advent Calendar

Today we launch our Reverse Advent Calendar, inviting friends and supporters to put one item a day in a box or a 'bag for life' between 1st and 24th December and then bring them to the Food Hub from Tuesday 2nd January between 9am-2pm Monday-Saturday. Please click here for more details.

 

Sat 21/10/17

Bishop of Croydon is guest speaker at AGM

More than 50 volunteers, friends and supporters of Purley Food Hub attended our Annual General Meeting at Purley United Reformed Church on Tuesday 17th October. Guest speaker was the Bishop of Croydon, the Rt Rev Jonathan Clark, and there were brief presentations from Nigel Davidson of the CAP (Christians Against Poverty) Croydon South Debt Centre, Nigel Priory of Langley House Trust and Kat Hymas of Bromley & Croydon Women's Aid. Please click here to read our 2016/2017 Annual Report.

 

Fri 20/10/17

Another eight school donations take total to 21

A further eight school Harvest food donations have kindly been delivered to us yesterday and today:

  • St David's School, Purley
  • Regina Coeli Catholic Primary School, South Croydon
  • Margaret Roper Catholic Primary School, Purley
  • Beaumont Primary School, Purley
  • St Nicholas School, Purley
  • St Giles School, South Croydon
  • Oasis Academy Byron, Coulsdon
  • Oakwood School, Purley

It takes to 21 the number of school donations we have received during this first half of the autumn term - more than ever before. Thank you everyone so very much!

And thank you too to our dedicated teams of sorters and stackers who ensure that our shelves are kept filled ready for each Wednesday and Saturday session.

 

Wed 18/10/17

Grateful thanks to six more schools

We have gratefully received Harvest food from six more schools in the past few days:

  • Harris Primary Academy Kenley
  • Gilbert Scott Primary School, South Croydon
  • Kenley Primary School
  • New Valley Primary School, Purley
  • Old Palace School, Croydon - Hatton & Anselm Houses
  • Thomas More Catholic School, Purley

Again, many thanks to the students, parents and staff - your donations are making such a difference to the increasing numbers of struggling people and families coming to us for food.

 

Thu 12/10/17

'Magnificent Seven' schools donate their Harvest food

Huge thanks to the 'Magnificent Seven' schools who have given us food from their 2017 Harvest collections during the past three weeks:

  • Royal Russell Junior School, Croydon
  • Wilson's School, Wallington
  • Laleham Lea School, Purley
  • Gresham Primary School, Sanderstead
  • The Hayes Primary School, Kenley
  • Keston Primary School, Old Coulsdon
  • Cumnor House School School for Girls, Purley

We are so grateful to all the pupils, their families and the staff for your very generous support.

 

Tue 10/10/17

A warm welcome to the Robin Cubs...and the Lion Cubs to come!

We were delighted to welcome the Robin Cubs from Purley Baptist Church to the Food Hub on Friday evening 6th October. They brought several carrier bags of food donations with them and during their visit helped us sort not only their own tins, jars and packets but also a big Harvest collection received from Gresham Primary School just that afternoon. Next day one of the Robins, Jessica (pictured), went to the supermarket with her mum Kirsten and, still 'buzzing' from her visit the previous evening, promptly took her own trolley, selected two of each of the items on our October food list...and paid for them herself at the checkout from her pocket money. Thank you Jessica and ALL the Robbins!

Then a few days later we learned that James (pictured), one of the Lion Cubs also based at Purley Baptist Church who goes to Woodcote Primary School, had chosen the Food Hub as his charity to donate some money to. His mum Claire said: 'We looked at your list of items and went to Tesco. James chose all the products himself and wanted to add in cookies as a special treat for someone. It's not much but as parents we are proud of him for making the choice and hope it can be a little help to another family.' Thank you James - and we look forward to welcoming you and the Lion Cubs to the Food Hub in December.

 

Mon 18/0917

Thank you for 14 trolleyloads of food collected at Waitrose Sanderstead

Our collection at Waitrose Sanderstead on Saturday 16th September was another big success, with 14 trolleyloads of food and toiletries collected plus £206.49 in cash. Thank you to all the customers who donated a grand total of 2,001 items, including: 163 chocolate treats, 144 jars of pasta sauce, 136 tins/cartons of tomatoes, 133 toilet rolls, 118 tins of fruit...and 4 toothbrushes and 2 tin openers. Thank you too to the Waitrose staff and manager for all your support. We have two more collections coming up: on Saturday 18th November at Waitrose Coulsdon and Saturday 9th December at Waitrose Sanderstead again, both 9am-6pm.

 

Mon 07/08/17

We pass 10,000 people fed and 90,000 meals provided

Sixteen clients attended Saturday's session at Purley Food Hub and we provided food for them and 26 family members...and it meant that we passed 10,000 people fed and 90,000 meals provided since we opened in 2013. Thank you to all of the churches, schools, businesses, organisations, families and individuals who have donated food and money to us over the past four and a half years - and also of course to our wonderful army of volunteers.

 

Thu 03/08/17

Many thanks to the young people from the National Citizen Service

We are hugely grateful to 12 young people from the National Citizen Service (NCS) for their support this week. After a fact-finding visit to the Food Hub a week ago, they raised £212 from a sponsored walk yesterday (Wednesday) - and this afternoon they collected 4 trolleyloads of food and other items plus £69.69 in cash from generous shoppers at Tesco Purley. Tomorrow they are giving out our food lists and leaflets to increase public awareness and support. We will be exploring with them in the autumn how they might be able to continue supporting the Food Hub once they are back at their schools and colleges. In the meantime, thank you all very much - it was great to have you with us.

 

Wed 02/08/17

Food 'flies in' at Heathrow work collection

United Airlines employees at London Heathrow Airport - both landside and airside - kindly donated five large bagfuls of food and toiletries, etc, in a work collection organised by one of our new volunteers, Janine Staff. Please get in touch if you are willing to arrange a collection at your workplace or school of college or among your neighbours and we will send you our latest food list, news update and other information to get you started...

 

Wed 19/07/17

9 trolleyloads and £135 donated at Waitrose Coulsdon

Customers at Waitrose Coulsdon kindly donated 9 trolleyloads of food, toiletries and other items plus £135.45 in our latest collection at the store on Saturday (15th July). In all, 1,842 items were donated during the day, among then 219 tins/cartons of tomatoes, 216 tins of baked beans and spaghetti, 164 toothpaste, 158 tinned fruit, 138 pasta sauce, 70 washing up liquid, 64 tinned meat - and 4 tin openers. The items were delivered to the Food Hub on Saturday, sorted on Monday and put on the shelves on Tuesday...ready to give to the clients coming on Wednesday. Our next collection - by young people from the National Citizen Service - is at Tesco Purley on Thursday 3rd August (12noon - 4pm).

 

Mon 10/07/17

New food collection point at Nationwide Building Society

Our big thanks to manager Tracey Holton and her team - Kiran, David and Kim - for setting up a Food Hub collection point at Nationwide Building Society's branch at 918 Brighton Road, Purley. Customers and members of the public have been bringing in their food donations, including the gentleman pictured here presenting a shopping bag of items to Kiran.

 

Wed 19/06/17

Excellent food collection at Waitrose Sanderstead on Saturday

We had an excellent collection at Waitrose Sanderstead on Saturday (17th June): 18 full trolley-loads of food and toiletries, etc, plus £248.95 in cash - one of our best-ever! In total, generous shoppers donated 2,549 items - including 169 tins of fruit, 126 packs of pasta/rice, 113 jars of jam, 108 cartons of milk...and 740 toilet rolls. These are all items we were short of. Thank you everyone. Our next collection is at Waitrose Coulsdon on Saturday 15th July (9am-6pm).

 

Tue 06/06/17

'Thank God for the Purley Hub' say children from Oakwood School

We were delighted to welcome Year 6 children and staff from Oakwood School, Purley, to the Food Hub yesterday. They helped our volunteers with sorting food, stacking shelves and collecting food donations from Sainsbury's Local, as well as learning more about the Food Hub's work. At the end of their visit, they said: 'We have learnt so much. We have learnt that not all people are as fortunate as ourselves. Thank God there is the Purley Hub to provide families in need with food. We will surely spread the news about this fantastic charity.'

 

Wed 26/04/17

Waitrose Coulsdon shoppers give 8 trolleyloads of food plus £168

Customers at Waitrose Coulsdon donated 8 trolleyloads of food and other items and £168 in cash in our latest collection at the store on Saturday 22nd April. Many thanks to everyone who contributed, and also the store's staff and manager. Our next collection is at Waitrose Sanderstead on Saturday 17th June (9am-6pm).

 

Mon 10/04/17

New collection point for Food Hub donations

South West London Law Centres' office in Croydon has become a collection point for food donations to Purley Food Hub. You can now take items from our monthly food list to the SWLLC office at Davis House in Robert Street, Croydon CR0 1QQ. Thank you, SWLLC!

 

Mon 20/03/17

11 trolleyloads of food and £273 donated at Waitrose Sanderstead

Shoppers at Waitrose Sanderstead on Saturday 18th March gave the equivalent of 11 trolleyloads of food and toiletries, etc, plus an amazing £273 in cash - the most money we have had donated at any supermarket collection to date. An enormous thank-you to the store's customers, staff and manager for your support. We are at Waitrose Coulsdon next on Saturday 22nd April, 9am-6pm.

 

Wed 08/03/17

'Super Six' swimmers raise £1,000 at a stroke

Many congratulations and huge thanks to our 'Super Six' swimmers - left to right: Winifred, Jude, Howard, Terry, James and Rachael - who represented the Food Hub in the Purley Swimathon on Thursday evening 2nd March. In total they completed 123 lengths of Purley Pool and raised around £1,000 in sponsorship.

 

Tue 28/02/17

Waitrose Coulsdon shoppers donate 9½ trolleyloads of food and £85

Big thanks to the customers, staff and manager of Waitrose Coulsdon for their support of our collection there on Saturday 25th February: in total we collected 9½ trolleyloads of food and toiletries, etc, plus £85 in cash - thank you so much everyone. Our next collections are at Waitrose's Sanderstead store on Saturday 18th March and then at Coulsdon again on Saturday 22nd April - both 9am-6pm.

 

Mon 27/02/17

Year 6 children visit from St John's C of E Primary School, Shirley

A group of 11 children from Year 6 at St John's C of E Primary School, Shirley, visited the Food Hub today. Bringing carrier bags of food donations, they helped our team of volunteers to collect food from Get Fired!, Café Blue and Sainsbury's Local, sort the food collected at Waitrose Coulsdon on Saturday and then refill our shelves after a busy session on Saturday when 20 clients attended and we provided food for 44 people - a total of nearly 400 meals. Thank you again Year 6 - we look forward to seeing the rest of the pupils before the end of the school year.

 

Sun 15/01/17

Happy 4th Birthday, Purley Food Hub!

Today (Sunday) the Food Hub is 4 years old - so a very Happy 4th Birthday, Purley Food Hub! Since we opened to clients on 15th January 2013, we have provided 75,000 meals to more than 8,000 men, women and children going through tough times. At the same time we have received many thousands of donated food items and toiletries, etc - over 50,000 in 2016 alone. So another huge THANK YOU to all of our volunteers and supporters: those who serve the clients each Wednesday and Saturday, sort the food donations and refill the shelves, collect at local supermarkets, donate food and support the Food Hub through our churches, schools and the local community.