North Guildford Food Banks 2020

Dear Barry,

As Lions you have been very faithful and generous in providing the carrots, potatoes and eggs throughout the year, and have always been willing to increase quantities based on demand – we are very grateful. Below is a thank you and update on this year’s activities which we’ve been sending out to all supporters and which you might find useful to share with other Lions members.

January 2021

Dear supporter,

We wanted to thank you for your generous support last year and to give you some information about our activities over the last 9 months in particular. As you can imagine, it’s been an extremely busy time for us, and we have had to be agile about amending our processes to carry on providing food throughout. Thanks to a huge team of very dedicated volunteers, and to donors such as yourselves we have been able to continue seamlessly, and in fact have been able to be more generous in our parcels so that they last for closer to a week and now include some fresh items such as bread, cheese, milk and butter (carrots, potatoes and eggs were already part of our pack).

Demand for parcels was huge at the beginning of lockdown when we were giving out more than 3 times our pre-Covid average. Since then, things have calmed down with other projects around the town which were put in place, so that in general we’ve been about 2 times busier than usual. There is a chart below which shows the monthly figures compared to last year.

Over Christmas we organised and put together a special additional bag for each household filled with Christmas treats donated by local schools, businesses, community groups, churches & individuals. We were also able to include a supermarket voucher for everyone in these bags (giving out a total of just over £5,000) – which clients have been hugely grateful for. At the end of this email you will also find some excerpts of thank you emails and texts which we received from clients over the Christmas period.

We are currently working on a new project to ‘topup’ clients’ gas & electricity accounts when they need it. Given the cold weather we’ve been having we know that this will be much appreciated.

It is the generosity of local people such as yourselves that allows us to confidently continue to provide for people who are struggling at the moment, and we have been quite overwhelmed by the level of support we’ve received.

May we wish you well in 2021.

Heather & the Foodbank team

Thank yous over Christmas 2020:

‘Thank you to all that was involved in the delivery of food items and the voucher, that I shall use to buy meat for my Christmas dinner. I appreciate your kind help ..’

‘Thank you so much for the food and bits and the voucher you have no idea how grateful me and my girls are’

‘I just received a food parcel from you. I would like to say a massive thank you it was really really well needed and after the year that we’ve all had I can actually have an off sensible Christmas so I want to say thank you to you and the team at st. Clare’s for all the hard work that you’re all doing the local community I wish you all a very happy Christmas lots of loves and prayers–”

And later from the same client

“ I just opened the Christmas card that you sent me I forgot about it last night and I’ll put it up on the shelf and I’ve just opened it to find I have a £30 Tesco voucher thank you so so much from the bottom of my heart “

‘I am emailing you to say a massive thank you for the package that you sent me at Christmas, it helped me alot and made me feel like someone cared for me over the Christmas period. I live in the Foyer (YMCA) on Wharf Road …i massively appreciate it.’

Administration Team
North Guildford Food Bank

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North Guildford Food Bank
Registered charity number: 1188640