Annual Meeting hears how Food Hub rose to challenges of lockdown

Pandemic-defying donors, supporters and volunteers were warmly thanked by Trevor Jones, Chair of Trustees, at the Food Hub’s AGM on 5th October.

“After such a difficult 18 months, we have much to thank you for so that Covid never stopped us delivering food to those in need,” he said.

Trevor also thanked retiring Trustee Ivanka Lennon for her abiding passion and care for hard-pressed clients and their families, and welcomed two new Trustees, Rev Fiona Weaver, Vicar of St Mark’s and St Swithun’s Churches Purley, and Rev Lisa Fairman-Brown, Curate at Christ Church Purley.

Louise Willmer, Acting Chair of the Management Committee, expressed thanks to the Minister, Rev Russell Furley-Smith, and congregation of Purley United Reformed Church for use of the building throughout the pandemic to sort the mountains of food donated to the Food Hub and to pack the food parcels.

“We are also privileged to be able to share our food with the Purley and Monks Hill Food Stops, Nightwatch and The Link,” she said, adding that there were no immediate plans to change the current operation of delivering food direct to clients’ homes.

During the meeting there were also presentations by Julia Lee, our Client Support Volunteer; Pastor Nick Graves of the Purley Food Stop; and Sarah Burns from the co-ordinating support organisation Croydon Voluntary Action.

Short videos of each speaker at the AGM are available on our new Youtube channel here.

Our full 2020/2021 Annual Report was published just ahead of the AGM, and is available online. Click here to view or download.

Louise Willmer thanks Purley URC for their vital support during lockdown. More AGM clips on our YouTube channel