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.