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PACT Food Bank - Contact: FoodBank@pact.org.uk

18 November 2020

The Foodbank is continuing to function during the Corvid 19 pandemic.

Volunteers are distributing food packs from The Salvation Army back room on: Tuesday and Friday mornings from 9.30am to 11.30am.

If you need a food pack, please contact one of the agencies below so that you can be referred. If they are closed because of the pandemic, please email Elaine, elaineevansknox@btinternet.com or phone 07980 842548.

Donations of tinned and packaged food can be delivered to Petersfield Methodist Church, Station Road on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 am to 12 noon. Just ring the bell and our volunteers will meet you.

During this crisis, there has been a big increase in demand, but we continue to be very well supported by the local community – thank you.

If you would like to contribute financially please contact our treasurer, Terry (tdoubleday123@btinternet.com), phone 07837 030 576

In the first 9 months of this year we have distributed 770 packs to 1,222 adults and 689 children. The equivalent figures for last year was 230 packs to 349 adults and 146 children!

Generally, the PACT Food Bank provides food packs from tinned and packaged foods and makes them available to people in urgent need. We also have a voucher scheme so that we can offer fresh fruit, vegetables, bread, eggs, cheese and milk. As we depend on the goodwill and availability of the market traders, we may have to change this in the light of governmental advice.

A Management Committee oversees the various aspects of our work – liaison with referral agencies, collection points, volunteer training etc. We try to ensure that each person only has one job! We usually have over 60 volunteers to support the service and are very happy to talk to groups about our work.

Volunteers are welcome. We work on a rota system receiving donations, sorting and storing food, preparing food packs and distributing them to people in need. All volunteers receive training, and most people work once or twice a month. Sorting is done on Monday and Wednesday mornings at the Methodist Church and the packs are distributed on Tuesday and Friday mornings from the Salvation Army. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Vanessa (01730 710459).

More information from: Terry (07837 030576), David (01730 265884) or Audrey (07586 290481)

We are currently short of:

  • Tinned and Packet soups
  • Jams/spreads
  • Tinned vegetables
  • Savoury treats
  • Small bags of sugar
  • Savoury/cheese biscuits
  • Tinned fruit
  • Tea bags
  • Hot chocolate
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Christmas treats

The referral agencies who usually refer to the Food Bank include:

  • PACT Churches
  • Winton House
  • Citizen’s Advice
  • Home-Start Butser
  • Havant Job Centre
  • GP Surgeries
  • Health Professionals
  • Local Schools
  • Adult Services

We welcome your Prayer for the PACT Food Bank

1 Food Bank Prayer 1 3 Food Bank Prayer 3
2 Food Bank Prayer 2 4 Poverty is Many Things

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