First steps planned for return to normal operations.

Last month’s 2,655 meals delivered to nearly 300 Food Hub clients and their families made it our second busiest May to date (after the 4,590 meals in May last year in the first Covid-19 lockdown).

It means that so far in 2021 we have delivered 15,600 meals to struggling families, compared with 21,600 at this stage in 2020 and 11,700 in 2019.

Meanwhile, deliveries of food parcels to clients’ homes will continue for the foreseeable future, to be reviewed later this year with a possible return to food collections by clients in early 2022. The next step in our journey back to pre-pandemic operations will be to move the food stocks and distribution process from the rooms at the back of Purley United Reformed Church into the Sanctuary again, hopefully in July.

To help with this transition, from now on donations can be brought to Purley URC on Monday mornings between 9.00am-12.00noon.

During these hours we have our full team of sorters on duty, instead of on Wednesdays and Saturdays as at present. However, donations will still be accepted if deliveries on these days can’t be avoided.

We continue to thank everyone hugely for their kind generosity in supporting the Food Hub’s work. We are most grateful for each donation we receive – of our volunteers’ time and effort, and our supporters’ donations of food and money. Every hour, tin and pound really make a difference.