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Annual Reports for 2019

PACT Food Bank

1. Overview

A busy year which has seen increases in all areas of our volunteer work; more referrals, more donations, more fresh food vouchers and more visits to schools and churches explaining our reason for being and our need for more donations.

We have received both food and funding from an increasing number of residents, too many to mention individually but the number of schools has also increased this year – Bedales including Dunannie, Froxfield, Herne, Petersfield Infants, Ditcham Park (Christmas tree made of cans) and Buriton Primary.

Pact Churches continue to collect food donations on regular basis and in addition we have received funding from St Peters, St Mary’s Buriton, St Laurence (Youth) and West Meon PCC. In particular this year a joint effort from Froxfield Primary School and the PACT Church with their Reverse Advent Calendar initiative which received such a tremendous response has made a significant difference to our stocks.

We have recently increased the value of the Fresh Food vouchers for families from £5.00 to £10.00 for the Fruit & Vegetables and Bread and Cheese & Eggs and will continue this during 2020. Also during 2020 will be investigating further the use of the new storage unit recently installed at the rear of the Salvation Army Hall which we believe requires insulating and, of course, shelving. These items, whether if one or both are required, will be at our expense so will not impact further upon the Salvation Army.

We thank all those who have given their time and made donations of both food & toiletries and funding that enable us to continue to support those in need in our neighbourhood and we look forward to continuing this vital work in the community during 2020.

2. Finance

Bank account as at 5th December 2019 £9,329.18  
Cash in Hand as at 28th December 2019 £ 289.57  
Major Donations – to 5th December 2019    
Petersfield Lions £ 500.00  
Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Fund (HIWCF) £1,000.00  
Petersfield & Sheet Residents in Need (PASRIN) £ 850.00  
PACT Churches £1,082.21  
Regular Monthly Donations £ 812.50  
    Increase on 2018
EXPENDITURE to 28th December 2019    
Bryant Bros - Fresh Fruit & Vegetables £ 965.00 30%
Clownes – Bread, Cheese & Eggs £ 920.00 12%
Total Referrals to 30 November 2019 279 58%
Number of Adults Supported 426 56%
Number of Children Supported 172 65%
Total number of Adults & Children 598 59%

3. Management Committee as at 31 December 2019

Chair Marion Voller - Terry Doubleday from October
Treasurer Terry Doubleday
Secretary Sue Jupp
Volunteer Rotas David Barton
Stock Audrey Hollingbery
Referral Agencies Marion Voller - Elaine Knox from October
Donation Sites Danielle Balmforth
Training Vanessa Dowse
Support Colin Tilley  

4. Volunteers

There are currently 56 Volunteers on the Shift Rota who give their time in two hour sessions at the Petersfield Methodist Church on Monday and Wednesday mornings between 10:00 and 12:00 noon to sort, label and stack the food donations and make up the various size food bags for distribution.

Also, on Tuesday and Friday mornings between 09:30 and 11:30 at the Salvation Army Hall to distribute the food bags to those in need.