Thank you Waitrose Coulsdon and Sainsbury’s Warlingham and Purley…and Brian Avenue!
Pictured top: Our volunteers Debra, Judy and Emily received a bumper donation from Waitrose Coulsdon on Saturday, including mince pies and toiletries. With the donation came a note from the store’s staff: ‘Giving a little love!’
Sainsbury’s Warlingham and Purley Local stores are promoting donations to the Food Hub again this year through the company’s ‘Help Brighten a Million Christmases’ scheme, inviting customers to donate items in their collection boxes or money through their digital fundraising channels in store and online. Sainsbury’s will match £1 for £1 all donations banked by 14th December.
Pictured below: Young Freya displays some of the 24 Advent calendars that she and her mum Louisa brought among another big donation from a full yellow wheelie bin outside their home in Brian Avenue, Sanderstead, as part of the One Tin Initiative.
Among other donations on Saturday from lots of individuals and families was £80 from a couple who went without leaving their names.
WE ARE MOST GRATEFUL FOR EVERY DONATION, BIG AND SMALL.
Towergate Riskline staff donate £310 worth of food
Big thanks to the staff of Towergate Riskline Croydon who donated £310 worth of food and other items, which were delivered on Wednesday by Karina, who organised the collection, and Craig.
Other donations received on Wednesday included from Chipstead Valley Primary School, as well as individuals and families.
Christmas biscuits and children’s chocolate treats among December’s requested items
Cartons of long life whole milk, jars of peanut butter and tins of plain meat including chicken and ham top the list of food items most needed for our clients in December.
Also listed are Christmas biscuits and children’s chocolate treats, along with tinned peas and carrots, tinned dessert fruit rice pudding, and packet custard requiring only water and small packs/boxes of tea bags. The non-food items we most need this month are small washing up liquid and adult toothbrushes.
To see the full list, please click here. THANK YOU VERY MUCH EVERYONE.
High number of food parcels and donations make it another very busy day
It was another very busy day at the Food Hub yesterday (Saturday). Our team of volunteers packed and delivered food parcels for 73 clients and family members, equivalent to a total of just over 650 meals – the highest number in a single session for several weeks.
They also received a gift of £100 from one donor and a cheque for £200 from another, plus donations of food and other items from, among others, Old Coulsdon Village Store and yellow bin collections in Brian Avenue, Sanderstead, and Purley Bury Avenue, Purley, as well from individuals and families.
Thank you everyone so much.
Food Hub volunteer Rev. Fiona becomes a Food Hub Trustee
Rev. Fiona Weaver has been co-opted as a Food Hub Trustee for a year to October 2021. She is Vicar of St Mark’s and St Swithun’s Churches Purley and in addition to her pastoral work is a volunteer driver with the Food Hub regularly delivering food parcels to clients’ homes.
Fiona has also had a yellow wheelie installed in St Mark’s for food donations from local people which she helps bring to us at Purley United Reformed Church.
Dannielle brings us donations from the yellow bin at Elmfield Vets
Dannielle Batten kindly delivered to us yesterday (Wednesday) the tins of food and other items donated in the One Tin Initiative yellow bin that she and husband Ian have installed outside Elmfield Vets in Elmfield Way, South Croydon.
We also received food yesterday from other local bins, including a delivery by Neil Bicknell from Heathhurst Road, Sanderstead.
We now know of at least half a dozen yellow bins that have set up in the Purley, Coulsdon and South Croydon areas inviting people to donate food to the Food Hub. Thank you to everyone involved in this initiative – and to the generous people making the donations.
‘Massive thanks for our fabulous packages’ say grateful family
A very grateful client sent us the following message after receiving food for herself and her sons yesterday (Saturday):
“Just want to say a Massive THANK YOU from my boys and me for the fabulous packages. We are very very grateful. When our circumstances change I will definitely give back to yourselves and the Community. You guys do an amazing job, truly Guardian Angels.”
And of course we wouldn’t be able to help this family – and many others like them – if it wasn’t for all the generous donations we receive from so many people and organisations in the local community.
A big thank-you to everyone at Coulsdon C of E Primary
Five-year-old Robbie and his mum Fiona Lee proudly present the multiple bags of Harvest food donated by the children, families and staff at Coulsdon C of E Primary School, which our volunteer Phil collected this morning (Saturday).
Fiona is Deputy Headteacher and Robbie is in Reception at the school. Our big thanks to everyone at Coulsdon.
Warlingham Park School’s Harvest donation filled our volunteer’s car
Yesterday (Wednesday) we collected the generous Harvest food donation from Warlingham Park School, completely filling the car of our volunteer Wendy.
Other donations received yesterday at Purley United Reformed Church included from St Swithun’s and St Mark’s churches, Monkey Nuts at Chipstead Valley Primary School and The Change Foundation, as well as from local families and individuals.
A huge thank-you to to you all.
A third One Tin bin outside Elmfield Vets in South Croydon
A third One Tin Initiative yellow bin collecting donations for the Food Hub has been installed outside Elmfield Vets in Elmfield Way, South Croydon, overseen there by Ian and Dannielle Batten.
The bin is available outside the premises for donations during working hours from Monday to Friday and also on Saturday morning from 9.00am to 11.00am.
We are very grateful, Ian and Dannielle.
One Tin bins quickly fill up with local residents’ donations
The One Tin Initiative, set up by Croydon Covid-19 Mutual Aid, invites local people to donate one tin of food to their local food bank.
Now two of the distinctive One Tin yellow bins have been installed in the south of the borough in support of the Food Hub: in Sanderstead, overseen by Louisa (pictured with daughter Freya); and in Coulsdon, overseen by Ben (pictured below). They brought us their donations on Saturday (7th November).
Louisa explains how she got involved: “My daughter Freya visited the Food Hub with her Cubs group last November and wanted to volunteer, so when Covid arrived, having a One Tin bin seemed a good opportunity.
“We have promoted our bin to neighbours and more recently to the local community in Sanderstead via Facebook groups, WhatsApp and Nextdoor. we’ve had a fantastic response with our bin filling up four times in 10 days and we have been delighted with everyone’s generosity. We plan to drop to the Food Hub every fortnight.”
Thank you ever so much, Louisa and Freya and Ben.
Bootload of food received from Beaumont Primary School
Thank you to everyone – children, families and staff – at Beaumont Primary School, Purley, for the bootload of food donations delivered to us by Jo Beeson, Finance and HR Officer, yesterday (Wednesday).
And big thanks also for the donations received yesterday from St John’s Church Old Coulsdon and St Margaret’s Carshalton Beeches.
Tinned corned beef & ham, long life whole milk and fish & meat paste top November’s list
Tins of cooked plain meat such as corned beef and ham, cartons of long life whole milk and jars of fish paste and meat paste head the list of food items most need for our clients and their families in November.
Also on our list are tins of rice pudding, tinned vegetables and packets of tea bags. Non-food items needed please are toilet rolls, small bottes of washing up liquid, unisex deodorant, toothpaste and sanitary pads. For the full list, please click here.
On behalf of our clients, thank you so much everyone, we are most grateful.
3,636 meals provided to clients and their family members in October
October saw food for 3,636 meals delivered to just over 400 Food Hub clients and family members, taking us past 40,000 meals in 2020 so far – already 10,000 more than in the whole of 2019.
This would not be possible without the tireless efforts of our volunteers or the huge donations of food – and toiletries, baby products, etc – received from churches, schools and the local community, including increased numbers of family and individual donors. Thank you ALL.
‘What the Food Hub has managed to do is amazing…’
During October we wrote to our Ticket Partners – the agencies who refer clients to us – confirming that for the foreseeable future we will be continuing to deliver food parcels direct to clients’ homes rather than clients come to us, as they did before Covid-19. Several Ticket Partners wrote back to express their gratitude:
“What the Food Hub has managed to do is amazing, I am sure the volunteers are a welcome sight to those in need when they see them” …
“All the referrals I have made so far have given me good feedback and appreciate your support” …
“It is amazing you are still managing to do home deliveries – it is so important right now” …
“Well done for all that the team do – such a blessing to the community” …
“A massive thank you to the team for providing such a fantastic service.”
Food Hub to receive £333 from Waitrose Coulsdon’s Community Matters
Waitrose Coulsdon has chosen the Food Hub to be one of three local charities that will each receive £333 in the store’s Community Matters scheme for November. Thank you, Waitrose.
Croydon’s NEU teaching and support staff donate £1,000
The National Education Union’s Croydon District – which represents teachers and support staff across all education settings in the borough – has generously donated £1,000 to the Food Hub.
This is on top of a £500 donation in June. Dave Harvey, the treasurer, writes: “Our members are daily aware of the impact of food hunger on children’s concentration in lessons and on their engagement generally at school. Our donation is to support the really vital work that the Food Hub is doing in the community.”
Thank you very much, Croydon NEU.
More than 20 donations brought in yesterday – we are grateful for each one
Thank you so much to the 20 or more people who kindly brought in food donations to the Food Hub yesterday morning (Saturday). They included Theresa Paull (left in photo), Deputy Head of St Aidan’s Catholic Primary School, Coulsdon, who delivered the school’s Harvest collection, received by our volunteers Laura and Eddie.
Yesterday’s donations will be sorted and date-labelled by our two sorting teams on Monday ready for packing into food parcels to be delivered to clients on Wednesday. We remain thankful for each and every donation we receive – every item goes to a client and family in need at this time.
Churches’ and schools’ Harvest gifts are welcome boost to our food stocks
Harvest food donations from local schools and churches are a welcome source of items for the food parcels we provide for hard-pressed clients and their families.
The schools are featured in other items on this page, and the churches include: St Mary Magdalene with St Martin, Addiscombe; Coulsdon Methodist; St Mark’s, Woodcote, and St Swithun’s, Purley; St James’, Riddlesdown; Christ Church, Purley; St Paul’s United Reformed Church, South Croydon; Old Coulsdon Congregational; St Augustine’s, South Croydon; and Whitehorn Avenue Methodist, Coulsdon. Thank you every one!
Mufti day at Regina Coeli raises £198 for Food Hub and for Macmillan
Normally in the week before half term Regina Coeli Catholic Primary School, South Croydon, holds its Harvest Mass and the children, families and staff collect food donations for the Food Hub. But due to Covid-19 it wasn’t able to do so this year and instead had a mufti day for the children who paid £1 each. The money raised has been divided between ourselves and Macmillan Cancer Support, as the school was also unable to hold its Macmillan coffee morning. Thank you very much Regina Coeli for our £198.47 – we greatly appreciate your support.
Foresters children and families display their considerable generosity
Karen Derrick emailed us today from Foresters Primary School, Wallington: “As you can see from the above photo, we have received many kind donations from our children and their families. We could not hold our usual Harvest Festival as such this year, for obvious reasons, but families have still been more than generous. We would like to donate it all to Purley Food Hub…”
Many thanks indeed, Foresters!
St David’s families and staff collect amazing £1,046 for Food Hub
Food Hub volunteers Zivile and Stephen are pictured receiving Harvest food from St David’s School, Purley, on Saturday (18th Oct). The school had asked parents to donate money for Harvest with the intention of arranging a Sainsbury’s delivery to us with the proceeds. However, after collecting an amazing £1,046, the school bought food to make up a Harvest display in the school hall and then transferred the remaining money to the Food Hub’s bank account. Thank you to you all at St David’s.
A mountain of a delivery today from Kenley Primary School!
Kenley Primary School kindly delivered a mountain of food to us this morning, filling our two trolleys and nine more bags and boxes. Thank you to everyone at Kenley!
And big thanks also to the pupils and families and staff at Cumnor House School for Girls, Purley, for your Harvest collection organised by Head of Early Years and Food Hub volunteer Nicola Mearkle.
Thank you Oakwood for your Harvest donations
Thank you very much, pupils and families and staff at Oakwood School, Purley, for the minibus full of food and other items delivered to us at Purley United Reformed Church. yesterday. We are most grateful for all the generous Harvest donations that we are currently receiving from schools, churches and others, including Fennies Nursery, Purley, and The Change Foundation, Wallington.
Laleham Lea drops off over 350 items: pasta, tinned veg, cereals and more!
Laleham Lea School, Purley, dropped off their Harvest collection this morning: over 350 items including pasta, tinned vegetables, cereals and deodorant – and much more!
Head Teacher Karen Barry said: “We are delighted to help the Food Hub once again and I would like to thank all our families and staff for their generosity in these difficult times. Helping those in need is a key part of our Catholic ethos and we hope this donation helps in some small way to support the fantastic work the Food Hub does for the local community.”
Four new Trustees appointed at Food Hub’s AGM
Mark Dakin, Shade Odupelu, Terry Whittaker and Annabel Wright were appointed as Trustees at the Food Hub’s Annual General Meeting at Christ Church Purley on Thursday night (8th Oct). They replace two retiring Trustees, Derek Harris (Treasurer) and Judith Johnson, and fill two other vacancies. They were welcomed ‘on board’ by Trevor Jones, Chair of Trustees, who thanked Derek and Judith for their service.
Trevor and Helen Harris, who is temporarily standing down as Chair of the Management Committee, both paid tribute to the work of the Food Hub’s volunteers, particularly over the past six months of the coronavirus pandemic, and thanked churches, schools and the local community for their generous donations of food and money. Looking to the next six months, Trevor said the Food Hub would continue to operate as a food delivery service, delivering food parcels direct to the homes of clients and their families referred by ticket partner agencies.
Louise Willmer will be Acting Chair of the Management Committee and Joanna Walker succeeds Derek as Treasurer. The AGM was streamed live on our Facebook page by volunteer Rachael Nazarko and received 183 views during and since the meeting.
Follow the Food Hub’s AGM on Facebook this evening from 7.30pm
The Food Hub’s Annual General Meeting will go ahead this evening (Thursday) but we regret with essential business only and restricted numbers attending: the appointed voting members from the 12 Purley and Kenley churches, the existing and prospective new Trustees and those involved with the running of the meeting. For volunteers, friends and supporters who wish to follow the proceedings, the meeting will be live streamed on our Facebook page from 7.30pm.
Busiest ever September follows on from our busiest ever January to August
Last month was the busiest ever September at the Food Hub with 3,681 meals provided to just over 400 hard-pressed clients and family members. It followed on from our busiest ever January, February, March, April…through to and including August.
One thankful client wrote after receiving their food parcel: “Hi, just to say thank you so much. I really appreciate all that food, there was so much, I wasn’t expecting that much. But that little book [of Bible quotes and pictures] you packed and the prayer nearly had me tear up. You do a great job I’m so grateful, take care.”
October’s most-needed list is headed by fish/meat paste, tomatoes and cooked meat
Jars of fish paste and meat paste, tinned tomatoes, tins of cooked meat such as chicken, and children’s chocolate treats head the list of items most needed for our clients in October. Also listed are tinned fruit, tins of sweetcorn and carrots, jars of pasta sauce and cartons of long life whole milk, together with three non-food items: washing tablets, toothpaste and unisex deodorant.
Please bring donations to Purley United Reformed Church in Brighton Road, Purley, any Wednesday or Saturday morning, between 10.00am-12.00noon. Thank you very much.
We pass landmark of providing 200,000 meals for people in crisis since 2013
Today at the Food Hub we provided our 200,000th meal for clients and their families since we opened in January 2013. Our first 100,000 meals took 4 years and 11 months; the second 100,000 took 2 years and 9 months. Since 2013, 3,273 clients have been referred to us for food parcels a total of 9,440 times and we have provided food for 22,243 people = 200,187 meals. We are so grateful to all the churches, schools, businesses, organisations, families and individuals who kindly donate food and toiletries, etc – and our volunteers who sort and date-stamp everything, pack the parcels and (currently) deliver them to our clients’ homes.
Annual Report pays tribute to Food Hub volunteers with thanks too to all of our donors
The Food Hub’s Annual Report for 2019/2020 is available here (pdf). Trevor Jones, the Food Hub Chair, says: “On behalf of the Trustees and Management Committee, I wish to thank all of our volunteers, new and old, who have helped in any way both before and during the pandemic. New volunteers came from our member churches and from the community and I hope we will be able to bring them fully into the Food Hub fold.”
The report also gives enormous thanks to everyone who supports the Food Hub in any way, big or small, through donating time, food and money and keeping the clients, volunteers, Trustees and Management Committee in your thoughts and prayers. Among our donors and supporters, we warmly thank local churches, schools, WI and Rotary, businesses, uniformed organisations and countless families and individuals.
Children’s chocolate treats are added to our list of items needed in September
Chocolate treats for the children of the Food Hub’s clients are a mid-month addition to our September food list. Also, kindly note that the instant hot chocolate we are requesting needs to be, please, the type that only requires water to be added. You can see the updated list here. Thank you!
Food bank volunteers are ‘truly unsung heroes,’ says Mayor of Croydon
The Mayor of Croydon, Cllr Maddie Henson, visited Purley Food Hub yesterday (Wed) after also visiting Croydon Food Bank and Croydon Refugee Day Centre (CRDC).
She tweeted afterwards: “I’ve started looking at food banks/resources provided by organisations such as CRDC, Purley Food Hub and Praise Gate UK (Croydon Food Bank) and been humbled by the tremendous volunteer work and individuals literally daily changing people’s lives during hardship. They are truly unsung heroes.”
The Mayor is pictured far left with Food Hub volunteers (left to right) Michele, Trevor, Betty and Sally.
Hot chocolate, honey, tinned carrots & meat most needed in September
Instant hot chocolate, tinned carrots and sweetcorn, small 500g bags of sugar and tinned meat are the items required most for clients in September. Jars of honey and peanut butter and cartons of long life fruit juice are also needed, along with non-food items shampoo, unisex deodorant and bars of soap.
We are open to receive donations each Wednesday and Saturday morning, from 10.00am-12.00midday, at Purley United Reformed Church. next to Purley Hospital. Thank you!
Busiest ever August takes us past 30,000 meals so far in 2020
Although, in terms of meals provided, August was less busy than the previous five months since the coronavirus crisis began in March, it was nevertheless our busiest ever August. Altogether, 3,249 meals were provided to clients and family members in need during August – taking us past, after eight months of 2020, the 30,000 meals provided in the whole of 2019.
Client’s grateful sister sends £100 ‘thank-you’ food donation from Asda
Generous donations of food and money continue to be received from Food Hub friends and supporters from the churches, local community, shops and businesses, etc, and very many individuals and families.
One donation was from the grateful sister of a man who received a food parcel earlier during lockdown; she arranged for a ‘thank-you’ delivery to be sent from Asda with over £100 worth of food…
Sugar, custard, tinned carrots, potatoes & chicken head August food list
Small 500g bags of sugar, tinned and packet custard, tinned vegetables especially carrots and sweetcorn, tinned and packet potatoes and tins of chicken are at the top of our list of items needed for clients in August.
Jars of peanut butter and meat/fish paste, bottles of squash, cartons of long life fruit juice and whole milk, and tinned fruit and pulses are also listed. Non-food items are bottles of shampoo and unisex deodorant.
Donations can be brought please to Purley United Reformed Church (next to Purley Hospital) any Wednesday or Saturday morning from 10.00am-12.00noon. Thank you for your support.
July was the sixth busiest month since the Food Hub began
July’s 3,735 meals for 4,125 hard-pressed clients and family members was the sixth highest monthly total since the Food Hub started in 2013.
Though less than in the previous four months of the pandemic period, it took the overall total for the first seven months of 2020 to close to 30,000 meals, just under 600 less than for the whole of 2019.
Once again we warmly thank each and every one of our friends and supporters from the churches, local community, shops and businesses (such as Yodel in Mitcham) and very many individuals and families for your continued donations of food and money during this time.
Reedham Park School children vote to give us their final fund raising
Debbie Russell, head teacher of Reedham Park School, brought us a donation of £200 in coins and notes from the pupils who voted for their most recent fund raising to come to the Food Hub.
Sadly for the children and staff, the school closed this month because of failing pupil numbers and the uncertainties caused by coronavirus. Thank you Reedham Park, we greatly appreciate your generous act.
Salli makes masks which Laura sells to buy £250 of food
Mother and daughter volunteers Salli and Laura have raised £250 for the Food Hub.
Salli explains: ‘I made a few Covid-19 masks/face coverings, well rather a lot really, which Laura has sold to friends and colleagues. The total raised so far is over £250 and Laura has bought that amount of food for the Food Hub as a gift from us both.’
Thank you very much indeed, Salli and Laura. And our thanks too to the residents and staff of Abbeyfield Sanderstead for a donation of £30 from a puppet show held at their house.
THANK YOU x 3…!!!
We give grateful thanks to staff at Barclays Bank in North End, Croydon, and to members of His Life Church based at Harris Academy Purley for their first donations of food and toiletries to the Food Hub … and to the manager and staff at Hamsey Green Co-op, 351 Limpsfield Road, South Croydon, for reinstating a collection basket for customers’ donations. Thank you all!
Sugar, carrots, pulses, milk and shampoo added to July’s most needed list
Small 500g bags of sugar, tins of carrots and sweetcorn, tinned pulses such as kidney beans and lentils and cartons of long life whole milk have been added to the list of items most needed for our clients in July. Also added are shampoo and unisex deodorant.
Tins of potatoes, fruit and cooked meat are top of the list for July
Tinned and packet potatoes, tinned fruit and tins of cooked meat such as chicken head the list of items we are in most need of this month.
Also on our July food list are packets of instant custard, tins of rice pudding, bottles of squash and cartons of long life fruit juice, and jars of meat/fish paste, peanut butter, jam and honey, along with children’s chocolate treats. Non-food items listed include toothpaste. shower gel and toilet rolls.
Please bring donations to Purley United Reformed Church next to Purley Hospital in Brighton Road any Saturday or Wednesday morning between 10.00am-12.00noon – come to the door at the end of the roadway running along the left side of the church. Thank you so much!
26,000 meals provided to clients and their families in the first half of 2020
June saw the Food Hub deliver food parcels to 504 clients and family members struggling at this time. With three meals a day for three days for each person in the household, that’s a total of 4,536 meals provided during the month to clients/families in Purley, Coulsdon, South Croydon and Waddon.
It takes this year’s January-June meals total to 26,145, nearly double 2019’s corresponding total of 13,941 meals. It also takes us past 190,000 meals overall since the Food Hub opened in 2013.
Wheelie bin installed at St Mark’s Church for food donations
A big yellow wheelie bin is now installed at St Mark’s Church, Woodcote, to receive food donations for the Food Hub.
It has been provided by CCMA (Croydon Covid-19 Mutual Aid) and will be available for donations while St Mark’s is open from 9.00am-4.00pm daily.
Thank you to the Church Hill area CCMA WhatsApp group for your support with donations, and to Vicar Rev Fiona Weaver (pictured) for delivering the donations to us at Purley United Reformed Church.
Sugar, fruit juice and bottles of squash are added to updated June food list
Small 500g bags of sugar, cartons of longlife fruit juice and bottles of squash have been added to our updated list of items most needed in June.
These are alongside tins of cooked meat such as chicken, tinned ready meat meals, tins of fruit and rice pudding and packets of instant custard. Also listed are jars of jam, honey and savoury spreads and tinned and packet potatoes. Non-food items most required are toilet rolls, shower gel, washing tablets/capsules and small washing up liquid.
Donations can be brought to Purley United Reformed Church, next to Purley Hospital, each Wednesday and Saturday morning from 10.00am-12.00noon. Thank you everyone.
Powerful support from YOUTH PWR INT’L
Thank you to the young people from YOUTH PWR INT’L who delivered food and essential items to the Food Hub on Saturday – we are most grateful for your support.
The organisation, based in Waddon, works with communities to engage, inspire, educate and empower teenagers and young adults. As part of their Covid-19 support project, #nextdoor, the young project committee members are also providing care packages to individual young people in the community and personal support through virtual means and face to face during the coronavirus crisis.
Tins of cooked meat and tinned ready meals and fruit are most needed
Tins of cooked meat such as chicken, tinned ready meat meals, tins of fruit and rice pudding and packets of instant custard are among the items on our Food List for June.
Small 500g packets of rice and packs of microwavable rice are also listed, along with jars of jam, honey and savoury spreads, tinned and packet potatoes and cartons of long life whole milk. Shower gel, washing tablets/capsules, small washing up liquid and toilet rolls are this month’s non-food items most required.
Please bring donations to Purley United Reformed Church, next to Purley Hospital, on Wednesday and Saturday mornings between 10.00am-12.00noon – come to the door at the end of the roadway along the left side of the church building. Thank you as always.
14,000-plus meals provided in the three months from March to May
In May, the Food Hub provided a total of 4,590 meals to 510 clients and family members in crisis, bringing the number of meals from March to May to nearly 14,700 – an increase of more than 100 per cent on the same period in 2019, and taking us past 185,000 meals overall since the Food Hub started in 2013.
One client expressed their thanks: ‘I do not normally ask for help but times are tough – thank you so much,’ and another said: ‘Thank you, it makes life so much easier.’
Neighbourhood food collections provide a big boost
Pictured is the food brought to the Food Hub yesterday by Rebecca from among her neighbours in Redford Avenue, Coulsdon.
Rebecca had emailed us to say she’d seen that we don’t need more volunteers at present “so I’m thinking I could start a local collection point from home and drop donations to you once a week…” She put posts on her local Facebook pages and within minutes heard back from the first two people wanting to donate.
Meanwhile, Helen has organised collections from her neighbours in Furze Lane, Purley, while Elizabeth from Croydon Communities Consortium has used Nextdoor, the neighbourhood hub, to collect and receive donations from people all over Purley, Sanderstead and South Croydon for both the Food Hub and The Vine food bank run by the Salvation Army in New Addington. Thank you all very much.
Thank you Londis Coulsdon in Chipstead Valley Road and owner Sudesh
We are very grateful for the support we are receiving from the Londis shop at 229 Chipstead Valley Road in Coulsdon, and owner Sudesh.
They have been donating up to 20 loaves of bread, boxes of pasta, bags of potatoes and fruit, and have offered also to have one of our collection baskets in the shop for customers’ donations. Thank you Sudesh!
Jam, tins of mixed veg, tinned fruit and toilet rolls are added to May list
New items – jars of jam, tins of mixed veg, tinned fruit and packs of toilet rolls – have been added to our May Food List. We are open to receive donations of Wednesday and Saturday mornings, between 10.00am-12.00noon, at Purley United Reformed Church, 906 Brighton Road, Purley CR8 2LN.
Please bring them to the door at the far end of the roadway running along the left side of the church building. Thank you!
Ready meals, potatoes, coffee and custard head May’s most-wanted list
The items most needed for the Food Hub’s clients in May include tinned ready meals, tinned/packet potatoes, jars of coffee, tinned/packet custard, tins of rice pudding and jars of honey and savoury spreads, and also shower gel and washing tablets/capsules.
Donations can be brought on Wednesday and Saturday mornings, from 10.00am-12.00noon, to Purley United Reformed Church, 906 Brighton Road, Purley CR8 2LN – next to Purley Hospital. Please come to the door at the far end of the internal roadway that runs along the left-hand side of the church building.
Second busiest month in the Food Hub’s seven-year history
April was the second busiest month in the Food Hub’s seven-year history, with 5,022 meals provided to hard-pressed clients and their families – just 45 meals fewer than the record set in March.
It was the first month of operation of our new home food delivery service and took us past 180,000 meals overall since 2013.
As always, we extend our enormous thanks to everyone who so generously donates food, toiletries and other items from our monthly list.
Supermarket collection baskets full to the brim!
Thank you very much to everyone who is leaving donations of food, toiletries, etc, in our collection boxes at three local supermarkets: Waitrose Sanderstead, Sainsbury’s Warlingham and Sainsbury’s Local Purley. Pictured is the basket at Waitrose Sanderstead yesterday (Wednesday) – full to the top!
Yesterday our volunteer drivers delivered food parcels to 31 clients in the South Croydon, Coulsdon, Purley and Waddon postcode areas, providing food to a total of 97 family members.
Thank you to the team of Camilla, Rev Fiona, Clare, Jean & Chris, Fiona T, Kevin & Julia, Kate, Bebe, Sue, Chris, Lynda, Sara & Martin, Barbara and Danu.
Honey, tinned/packet potatoes & custard are new items on April food list
Four new items have been added to the list of products that we are short of this month for hard-pressed clients and their families: jars of honey, tinned and packet potatoes, tinned and packet custard and washing tablets/capsules.
Donations will be gratefully received this week on Wednesday and Saturday mornings between 10.00am-12.00noon at Purley United Reformed Church, 906 Brighton Road, Purley CR8 2LN, next to Purley Hospital. Thank you very much.
Big thank-you to our volunteers and food donors
A big thank-you to the team of volunteers on duty for the Food Hub on Wednesday (8 April) – receiving and sorting food donations and refilling the shelves, and preparing, packing and delivering food parcels to the 33 clients and total of 103 family members: Simon, Trish, Becky, Salli, Laura, Betty, Sally, Rachael, Bunty, Bej, Trevor, Ivanka, Chris, Sue, Lynda, Bebe, Danu, Rev Fiona, Sara, Martin, Clare and Fiona T.
Thank you all, and Waitrose Coulsdon and everyone else who provided food and money donations.
Pasta, savoury spreads and coffee added to April’s most needed list
New items – pasta, savoury spreads and coffee – have now been added to our April Food List. We are currently open to receive donations on Saturday and Wednesday mornings, from 10.00am-12.00noon, at Purley United Reformed Church, 906 Brighton Road, Purley CR8 2LN – between Purley Hospital and the Pear Tree pub.
Our grateful clients and their families join us in thanking you so very much for your ongoing support.
Over 2,300 meals provided in a week
From today we have switched to Wednesday mornings for our food deliveries to clients and families in need in Purley, South Croydon, Coulsdon and Waddon.
Today food parcels were provided to 33 clients and 103 family members – that’s over 2,300 meals provided in the past week.
Thank you to our amazing volunteers and to everyone who has kindly brought in food donations (including Waitrose Coulsdon for another generous donation of fresh food today).
Food parcels provided today for 46 clients and 161 family members
Today saw the launch of the Food Hub’s new home delivery service to clients and families referred to us by our Ticket Partners and living in the CR8, CR2, CR5 and CR0 4 (Waddon) postcode areas: in total, food was provided to 46 clients and 161 family members.
Huge thanks to our volunteer drivers Liam, Lynda, Bebe, Sara, Martin, Fiona, Kate, Clare, Catherine, Chris and Mary, and to the team who packed the parcels: Rachael, Emily, Sally, Eddie, Trish, Simon, Betty, Trevor and Ivanka.
Thank you too to Sainsbury’s Local Purley and Waitrose Coulsdon for big donations of bread and fresh food, and to all the kind people from the local community who dropped in donations and also refreshments during the morning. A wonderful all-round team effort!
Milk, tea bags, tinned ready meals and tin openers top April’s most needed list
Items we most need this month to re-stock our shelves include long life whole milk, tea bags, sugar, tinned ready meals and tins of pulses, vegetables and rice pudding, and washing up liquid, toothpaste and shower gel…and tin openers.
For the duration of the coronavirus crisis, we will be open to receive donations on Saturday and Wednesday mornings, between 10.00am-12.00noon, at Purley United Reformed Church, 906 Brighton Road, Purley CR8 2LN (between Purley Hospital and the Pear Tree pub). We thank everyone for your continued support.
Record month at the Food Hub with food provided for over 5,000 meals
March was the BUSIEST EVER month in the Food Hub’s seven years of operation, with food for a record 5,067 meals provided to clients and families in crisis – that’s over 1,000 more meals than in the previous busiest month in December 2017.
We thank everyone who brought in donations of food and money (and words of thanks and encouragement) and of course our volunteers for sorting the food donations, packing the food parcels and running the very busy sessions.
Food provided for 156 people at our busiest ever session
It was the Food Hub’s busiest ever session on Saturday with 44 clients attending and food provided for a total of 156 people and family members.
Huge thanks to the clients for their patience, to the kind local folk who brought in donations of food and money, to Waitrose Coulsdon for a massive amount of food and other items including 91 loo rolls!…and of course to our team of volunteers on duty for nearly four hours: Tasha, Rachael, Danu, Juliana, Liam, Louise P, Betty, Trevor, Felicity, Zivile and Ivanka.
What a team! Our Super Six swimmers raise a superb £1,120
The Food Hub’s Super Six team of (left to right) Gilbert, Winifred, Louise, Jude, Howard and Janet swam a combined total of 107 lengths of Purley Pool in their allotted 55 minutes on Saturday 7th March…and raised a magnificent £1,120 in this year’s Swimathon organised by Purley Rotary.
Thank you all so much (and your sponsors too) – another terrific effort and result. Our team, aged from 11 to 82, was one of 33 which took part over the two Saturdays of the event, and the overall total of 222 swimmers covered 3,404 lengths or around 53 miles.
Honey, porridge, juice, size 6 nappies & toothpaste most needed in March
In March we are particularly requesting donations of any of these food items: Jars of honey, packets of plain porridge, cartons of long life fruit juice / small bottles of squash, long life whole milk, packets/tubs of dried potatoes, and jars of age 10 months baby food.
Non-food items especially needed are: Size 6 nappies, toothpaste, unisex shampoo, washing powder tablets/sachets, and small washing up liquid. Thank you!
Busiest February to date with 3,400 meals provided
This has been the busiest February in the Food Hub’s seven-year history with food for 3,411 meals provided for struggling clients and their families – nearly 1,400 more meals than in February 2019.
So, that’s close to 7,000 meals provided already in the first two months of 2020 and takes us past 170,000 meals overall since 2013.
Thank you to EVERYONE – supporters and volunteers – for helping to keep our shelves stocked to meet clients’ need
Thank you to everyone at Iceland Wallington
Customers of Iceland Wallington kindly donated 26 bags of food and £37.39 in our collection at the store on Saturday 22nd February. Thank you to everyone for your generosity – and to the supportive Iceland staff and management.
Milk, dried potatoes, pasta sauce and carrots top February’s most-wanted list
Long life whole milk, packets/tubs of dried potatoes, pasta sauce and tinned carrots head the list of food items most needed by the Food Hub in February. Also listed are jars of strawberry and raspberry jam and peanut butter, and puddings, jellies and Angel Delight.
Non-food items needed are washing powder tablets/sachets, small washing up liquid, unisex shampoo and ladies sanitary pads.
Another 3,500 meals provided for hard-pressed clients and families
Following on from the 3,600-plus meals provided in December, we provided a further 3,500 meals in January for hard-pressed clients and their families – almost exactly 1,000 meals more than in January a year ago.
Nearly 160 clients attended over the course of this month’s eight Wednesday and Saturday sessions, collecting packages of food, toiletries and household items for 390 people.
We provide food for 3 meals a day for 3 days for each person, so that was a total of 3,510 meals in January…and now more than 165,000 meals in the past 7 years since we opened in January 2013.
Once again, huge thanks to everyone who so kindly and generously donates food and other items to the Food Hub – and to the 140 volunteers involved in the many different aspects of the work.
Six items to focus donations on in January
Donations of food and toiletries, etc, to the Food Hub in December were so amazingly huge that in January we are asking supporters to focus please on the following six items that we remain short of:
Tins of plain meat – chicken, ham, corned beef, cartons of long life whole milk, jars of peanut butter, strawberry & raspberry jam, packets of dried potatoes and unisex shampoo. Thank you for your continued support.
Busiest ever session at Purley Food Hub
Saturday morning (21 December) was the busiest ever session at the Food Hub, with food for 1,098 meals provided for people in crisis. 39 clients attended and we provided food for a total of 122 people.
Today (Monday) we delivered 150 Christmas turkey hampers to clients/families nominated by our Ticket Partner agencies through the Christmas Lunch on Jesus project, while earlier this month the agencies received presents to give to 200 needy children through Toys for Joy.
On behalf of the Trustees and Management Committee, we send enormous thanks to everyone who donated food, money and their time: our volunteers, churches, schools, businesses, Rotary, WI and uniformed organisations and many, many individuals and families throughout the local community.
Another generous Christmas collection at Waitrose Sanderstead
We thank shoppers and staff at Waitrose Sanderstead for contributing the equivalent of 14 large trolleyloads of food and other items plus £225.06 in our Christmas collection at the store on Friday 6th December. Thank you all for every single item and pound donated. Our first collection of 2020 is at Waitrose Coulsdon on Saturday 11th January, 9am – 6pm.
Caridon carry on this Christmas – and look next to Easter!
A large donation of toys and food was collected today from Caridon Property based in High Street, Croydon, with the toys earmarked for our Toys for Joy scheme for needy children.
Caridon are regular supporters of the Food Hub and organiser Susan Passman (centre) and her team are already taking about their next collection…of Easter eggs! Pictured are our volunteers Eddie and David receiving today’s goods.
Woodcote High present huge food collection at their Christmas concert
Students and their families and the staff at Woodcote High School donated a staggering total of 1,375 food and other items which they presented to Helen Harris, our Management Committee chair, at the school’s Christmas concert tonight.
Noteworthy individual contributors were Emma from 10Z with 42 items, Rhea (7D) 24 items and Imaani (12Y) 17 items. In addition, the school is donating £880 raised from the concert itself. Thank you Woodcote High!
Sainsbury’s Local promoting the Food Hub
During December, the Food Hub is being promoted at Sainsbury’s Local in Purley High Street through the store’s ‘Help Brighten a Million Christmases’ scheme – they have a collection basket for food and toys.
Each item donated is counted towards Sainsbury’s overall collection target of 1 million items nationwide.
Meanwhile, we are again running Christmas Lunch on Jesus, delivering Christmas turkey hampers to 150 clients/families nominated by our Ticket Partners, and also Toys for Joy, aiming to give two gifts each to around 200 needy children. Keston Primary School is again collecting along with local businesses. Full details from firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christmas biscuits and children’s chocolate treats requested in December
Christmas biscuits and chocolate treats for children are among the items included on our December food list for hard-pressed clients and their families.
Donations of cartons of long life whole milk and tins of chicken, ham and corned beef are also requested, along with tinned peas and carrots, tinned dessert fruit and rice pudding and small bags of sugar. This month’s non-food items especially needed are tin openers, unisex deodorant and adults’ toothbrushes.
Donations will be gratefully received at Purley United Reformed Church and Christ Church Purley, as well as at Get Fired! and Cafe Blue in Brighton Road Purley. Thank you everyone for your support.
Busiest ever November follows busiest October…
Our busiest October was followed in turn by our busiest November, with 3,042 meals provided over the past month for clients and their families, including a total of 1,044 meals on the last 2 Saturdays alone.
It took us past 6,000 meals during these last 2 months…and past 160,000 meals overall since the Food Hub opened almost 7 years ago.
Waitrose Coulsdon shoppers donate 11 trolleyloads of goods plus £225
Big thanks to the generous customers and staff of Waitrose Coulsdon where we collected the equivalent of 11 trolleyloads of goods and £225.79 on Saturday 16 November. Our final supermarket collection of 2019 is at Waitrose Sanderstead on Friday 6 December from 9am – 6pm.
November’s food list headed by long life whole milk, tinned meat & potatoes
Last month was our busiest October since we started in 2013 with 3,069 meals provided to struggling clients and their families – over 1,000 meals up on October 2018. It was also our 4th busiest month over the past nearly 7 years and the busiest month outside of December and January.
As we continue the build-up to Christmas, cartons of long life whole milk once again top the list, followed by tins of corned beef, chicken and ham, packets of dried / tinned potatoes and tinned carrots. Also listed are jars of fish paste, small bags of sugar, tins of rice pudding and children’s chocolate treats. There are also 3 non-food items listed: toilet rolls, unisex deodorant and bars of soap.
We remain so grateful for the local community’s continued support.
TWENTY EIGHT schools donate food this Harvest time
We are so grateful once again to our local churches, schools, businesses and organisations for their amazingly generous response to this year’s annual Harvest appeal for food donations.
Our storeroom at Purley United Reformed Church is overflowing now with the deliveries we have received and collected as we start the busy build-up to Christmas. So far 28 schools have donated food this Autumn term:
Wallington High for Girls, New Valley Primary, The John Fisher, Royal Russell Junior, Little Apples Day Nursery, Wilson’s, Gresham Primary, St Nicholas, Regina Coeli Catholic Primary, The Minster Junior, Keston Primary, Atwood Primary, Oasis Academy Byron, Purley Oaks Primary, Old Palace, Woldingham, Oasis Academy Coulsdon, St Giles, St David’s, Warlingham Park, Cumnor House for Girls, Margaret Roper Catholic Primary, Oakwood, Laleham Lea, The Hayes Primary, Foresters Primary, Kenley Primary and Beaumont Primary.
THANK YOU EVERYONE!
‘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 3 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 (pdf).
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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).
Long life whole milk once more heads 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.
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.
Waitrose Coulsdon shoppers show their generosity once more
Fourteen large trolleyloads of food and other items plus £100.44 in cash were donated by generous shoppers in our collection at Waitrose Coulsdon on 13 July – thank you very much everyone, we are most grateful.
Our next collections to the end of the year are on Friday 20 September at Waitrose Sanderstead, Saturday 16 November at Waitrose Coulsdon and Friday 6 December at Waitrose Sanderstead, all 9am – 6pm.
Needed in July: tinned meat, whole milk, fruit juice, pulses…& 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.
Waitrose Sanderstead once again display great generosity
The equivalent of eight 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 14 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.
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.
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 six 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.
American university students visit the Food Hub
We were delighted to welcome a team of seven 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!
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 18 May. Thank you all – every item and every pound you kindly donated will make a real difference to people in need at this time.
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.
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 13 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 18 May and Waitrose Sanderstead on 15 June.
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 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 email@example.com and we will arrange for you to come to a taster session. We look forward to hearing from you!
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.
15 trolleyloads of goods and £216 donated at Waitrose Sanderstead
We had another very successful collection at Waitrose Sanderstead on Saturday 16 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 13 April and the Co-op Hamsey Green on 18 May.
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 2 March.
Well done everyone, we salute you: (top pic, at 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.
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.
As always, thank you very much for your generous support.
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 23 February. Thank you everyone – each item donated is always most gratefully received.
Our next collections are at Waitrose Sanderstead on 16 March and Waitrose Coulsdon on 13 April.
Nine 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.
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 19 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 23 February and Waitrose Sanderstead on 16 March.
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
For more details, you can phone us on 07546 635295 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 clients, volunteers, friends and supporters.
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.
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 17 November we collected 8 trolleyloads of food and toiletries, etc, and £103 in cash, then at Sanderstead on 8 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.
Milk, fruit juice and potatoes needed most in December – and 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.
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. Thank you very much.
Churches and 30 schools lead 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!!!
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 16 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.
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.
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 15 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).
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.
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.
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!
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 16 June – 11 trolleyloads of food, etc, plus £121.72 cash
- Co-op Hamsey Green on 19 May – 30-plus bags plus £95.00
- Waitrose Coulsdon on Saturday 21 April – 10 trolleyloads plus £109.99
Our next collection is at Waitrose Coulsdon again on Saturday 14th July, 9.00am-6.00pm.
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.
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 17 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 21 April, at the Co-op Hamsey Green for the first time on 19 May and then Waitrose Sanderstead again on 16 June.
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 1 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!
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 24 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 19 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 17 March, Waitrose Coulsdon again on 21 April and the Co-op Hamsey Green for the first time on 19 May.
Wren’s 5th birthday treat for the Food Hub!
When Wren Graham gave out the invitations for her 5th birthday party on 3 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!
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.
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.
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 18 November at Coulsdon our volunteers collected 9 trolleyloads of food and toiletries etc, plus £137.94 in cash. Then last Saturday (9 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.
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.
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 1 and 24 December and then bring them to the Food Hub from Tuesday 2 January between 9am-2pm Monday-Saturday.
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 17 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.
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.
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.
‘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.
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 6 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 Robins!
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.
Thank you for 14 trolleyloads of food collected at Waitrose Sanderstead
Our collection at Waitrose Sanderstead on Saturday 16 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 18 November at Waitrose Coulsdon and Saturday 9 December at Waitrose Sanderstead again, both 9am-6pm.
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.
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.
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…
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 (15 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 3 August (12noon – 4pm).
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.
Excellent food collection at Waitrose Sanderstead on Saturday
We had an excellent collection at Waitrose Sanderstead on Saturday (17 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 15 July (9am-6pm).
‘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.”
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 22 April. Many thanks to everyone who contributed, and also the store’s staff and manager. Our next collection is at Waitrose Sanderstead on Saturday 17 June (9am-6pm).
New collection point for Food Hub donations
South West London Law Centre’s 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!
11 trolleyloads of food and £273 donated at Waitrose Sanderstead
Shoppers at Waitrose Sanderstead on Saturday 18 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.
‘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 2 March. In total they completed 123 lengths of Purley Pool and raised around £1,000 in sponsorship.
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 25 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 18 March and then at Coulsdon again on Saturday 22 April – both 9am-6pm.
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.
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.