Road collections to the fore as January deliveries top 4,600 – over 1,000 more than last year

2021 has got off to the busiest of starts, with 4,644 meals provided in January to 516 clients and family members.

That’s 1,065 more meals than in the same month last year, making it the busiest January since we began in 2013. Coincidentally, January’s total was the same as December’s, making the past two months our joint third busiest overall.

One grateful client sent this message via Instagram: “Thank you so much for delivering to me and my family yesterday, you are all so kind and your work is so valuable. If you ever need an extra pair of hands, please let me know and I will be happy to help in any way I can. ”

Thanks to the excellent team of volunteers who we are able to call on, we aren’t in need of extra help at the present time for sorting, packing and delivering food. Instead, we are asking new enquirers to consider organising a food collection among family, friends and neighbours.

Road collections among neighbours are a great source of food donations for us, including in Furze Lane and Purley Bury Avenue, Purley; Redford Road, Coulsdon; Cumberlands, Kenley; and newcomers Farmdale Road, Carshalton.

And we are delighted that there are now 14 locations in South Croydon, Sanderstead, Coulsdon and Purley where supporters are kindly hosting wheelie bin collection points for local people to drop off food donations (see map below). The distinctive yellow bins are generously provided as part of the One Tin initiative organised by Croydon Covid-19 Mutual Aid.

We continue to thank every single one of our volunteers, donors and supporters for your contributions and donations of time, food and money – big and small – and to all of the churches, schools, businesses and organisations which give so generously.