St German's and St Saviour's both support Cardiff Foodbank in their ministry and outreach to those who are hungry and in need in our modern society. Volunteers from both Churches collect food each week and also help out at the various distribution points throughout the city. One of these is held in St Saviour's twice a week throughout the year:
How it works:
Food is donated
All the food given out is donated. Often this is from schools, churches, businesses, individuals, or through supermarket collections. There is a shopping list of items from which people are
encouraged to donate, which ensures the food parcels are nutritionally balanced.
Food is sorted and stored
At the warehouse, volunteers weigh and sort the donated food according to type and 'best before date'. They also check it is undamaged and suitable for use before packing it in crates for storage.
Frontline professionals identify people in need
Professionals in Cardiff Foodbank's partner agencies, such as doctors, health visitors, social workers, probation officers, debt advisers and housing associations, identify people in crisis and issue them with a foodbank voucher. In Cardiff, there are over 90 partner agencies.
Clients receive emergency food
Clients bring their voucher to a foodbank centre (FBC) within 7 days, where it can be exchanged for a supply of emergency food which lasts 3-5 days. The list of foods in each parcel have been designed by dieticians to provide recipients with nutritionally balanced food.
Clients are signposted to further support
Whilst their food is being packed, Foodbank volunteers will sit and chat with clients over a hot drink. This enables them to hear their stories and signpost them to agencies who can offer additional help and begin to resolve any underlying problems
12.4 million people in the UK live below the poverty line, including 3 million children. Many struggle to put food on the table. Thousands simply go without.
The Foodbank project is working to feed people in crisis across the UK and in our own city.
Cardiff Foodbank and the Trussell Trust
Cardiff Foodbank was officially established in April 2009 as a franchise of the Trussell Trust, and is part of the National Foodbank Network. It is a project to help and support those suffering financial hardship and who are facing the reality of being unable to feed themselves or their families. In 2011-2012 3792 people were fed in Cardiff.
Nationwide the Network helped over 128,000 people UK wide in 2011-2012 (up from 61,468 in the previous year).
Nearly 50% (1,827) of those fed in Cardiff are as a result of benefit cuts and delays. Over 20% received (865) food due to low income.
The Foodbank is a Christian initiative enabling the whole community to fight hidden hunger in Cardiff, where upwards of 50,000 are deemed 'deprived' and in some areas 78.5% of children live in benefit reliant families.
Bishop June Osborne Visits St Saviour's Foodbank Team
21 September 2017