Warm welcome for Fishponds foodbank

November 02 2016

Did you know that there is now an outlet of the East Bristol Foodbank open every Friday 12.30-2.30pm at Fishponds Baptist Church? We are situated on Downend Road opposite the Cross Hands Pub and the entrance to the foodbank is via the door at the side of the building from the car park. We would like to thank those of you who have already made generous donations to the foodbank, it has been a very encouraging start.

Did you know that there is now an outlet of the East Bristol Foodbank open every Friday 12.30-2.30pm at Fishponds Baptist Church? We are situated on Downend Road opposite the Cross Hands Pub and the entrance to the foodbank is via the door at the side of the building from the car park. We would like to thank those of you who have already made generous donations to the foodbank, it has been a very encouraging start.

We have been open since June 2016 and have already had a steady stream of visitors through the door. Fishponds Baptist Church had been thinking about setting up a foodbank for a little while as church members became increasingly aware of the need for one in our local area. We have become part of the wider East Bristol foodbank which is part of the national charity Trussell Trust. 

Each week at foodbank a team of volunteers set up a café style area in the hall below the main church and provide a warm welcome, and hot drink and biscuits and a listening ear to all those who come each week. Behind the scenes more volunteers pack up bags of food which are given free to those who have been referred to the foodbank by a number of different agencies. These include health professionals, schools, a variety of charities and the local council and job centres.

If you would like to donate to the foodbank items can be brought to the church any weekday morning or on a Sunday morning. Alternatively, look out for the donation baskets in local shops for the East Bristol Foodbank. For larger collections we can offer a limited collection service please see contact details at the end of the article. We collect non-perishable food items and basic toiletries, please see the East Bristol Foodbank website (www.eastbristol.foodbank.org.uk) for a full list, but popular items we always need include: tinned fruit and vegetables, UHT milk, long life fruit juice, cereals and toilet roll. Amazingly, over 90% of the food given out by Trussell Trust foodbanks is donated by the general public and every donation helps the foodbanks stay open for those who need them.

The idea of foodbank is to provide three days of balanced nutritious emergency food to individuals or families who for whatever reason find themselves in a crisis situation and haven’t the money to buy the food themselves. Foodbanks are an emergency solution to an immediate problem not a long term solution. People are referred to us for a variety of reasons including benefit delays and changes, low income, job loss, fleeing domestic violence, leaving prison and family crisis. 

If you have any questions or queries about Fishponds Foodbank or want to arrange collection of a donation please email via richard@fbcbristol.org.uk or on 07948 676089.

Rev Richard Pollard