Food Bank News

Copenhagen Street Foodbank

Blessed Sacrament Parish continues supporting Copenhagen Street Foodbank by providing the use of our hall and special storeroom on Wednesdays and Thursdays each week. We are dependent on a group of wonderful volunteers from Blessed Sacrament, St. Andrew’s, All Saints and the community at large to make the project happen.

Each Wednesday morning a few volunteers are on hand to receive, unpack and sort food deliveries and to arrange items for the Thursday morning produce packers and table arrangers. Another group of volunteers comes on Thursday mornings to pack the fruit and veg bags and get everything ready for opening from 1:30 to 3:30. Yet another shift of volunteers welcomes, registers and assists the clients as they obtain their food and other items. More important than the work these volunteers persevere in doing week after week, is the happy, generous spirit with which they do it and the kind an respectful way they welcome and assist all who come to the foodbank. We are especially grateful to our parishioner, Attracta Roden, who coordinates the day to day workings of this venture. 

Since we reopened on a weekly basis following the 2020 lockdown, we have been open on a weekly basis on Thursdays from 1:00 – 3:30. Between November 2020 and June 2021 we were serving 100 or more clients each week. Double portions are given going to households of five or more. The numbers tapered off from July 2021, but are again rising gradually, presently averaging 90. Clients choose from a range of non-perishable food and other products and receive bags of fresh produce. Over and above this, there are frequently special items that come with the Felix Project and City Harvest deliveries and homemade meals from a local restaurant. If you live in the Cally area, you will be aware of the support we receive from Iceland, both Coops and Sunflour Bakery. Volunteers also collect from local Sainsbury shops by the Holloway and Caledonian Road Stations.

I hope this update gives you a renewed understanding of this aspect of the parish mission of outreach to the local community.

How can you help?  You can bring non-perishable items to church of Sundays and place them in the box on stairs at the entrance or bring items to the hall on Wednesdays from 9:30 – 12:00 or Thursdays from 9:30 to 3:30.

If you have any time on Thursdays, you can consider volunteering. Talk to Sister Miriam or Attracta.

You can make direct financial contributions to our new bank account: Copenhagen Street Foodbank, Sort Code 30-98-97, Account Number 54929762.

 You can become a member of the Co-op, or, if you are a member, use your memberships when you make purchases. Members are invited on the website to choose a local charity to support. Copenhagen Street Foodbank is one of the options listed for the next few months.

 You can encourage others to take out a Co-op membership.

 Most important, you can pray for all who are involved in the foodbank, clients and volunteers.