Another Good News story!

Today, we were able to help Julie (not her real name) who is in her mid 20's. She had missed an appointment with the Job Centre as she was in hospital with pneumonia. This has caused a glitch in her benefits. She came into the centre looking frightened but left with a smile on her face after a cup of tea and a listening ear. What a great job our volunteers do.

The Jeremy Smith Memorial Marathon 2016

In December 2014 Jeremy Smith, a regular volunteer at the Foodbank, tragically died of cancer.

His sons, Christopher (23), Matthew (21) and Alexander (21) are running the Paris Marathon on the 3rd of April for the Trussell Trust and in particular Colchester Foodbank, in memory of their Dad and the time he spent here helping those less fortunate.

So far they have raised nearly £3500.00.

Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this difficult time.

If you would like to make a contribution, their JustGiving page is 

https://www.justgiving.com/Alexander-Smith12

Chris, Matt and Alex, you are an inspiration to us all!  Thank you very much for your tremendous effort on behalf of the Trust and the Foodbank, your Dad would have been proud!

Watch this space for our next fundraiser!

We're already planning our next fundraiser in association with the Red Lion Hotel - details to follow, so keep watching this space!

We'd like to take this opportunity to thank the Red Lion for their continued support and excellent service.

Did you take the  Foodbank Lent Challenge 2016?

We're all amazingly grateful to everyone who joined us for the Challenge, and helped us raise more than £450!

Many of those who took part commented that it had given them a new perspective on the Foodbank and our activities, and that they would spread the word among families and friends, which is just fantastic to hear - we couldn't do what we do without you!

Read more about it on our new blog, Keeping Colchester Fed. 

Thanks to FatFace for Giving!

A massive thank you to FatFace in Colchester who donated to Colchester Foodbank instead of discounting their products over Black Friday Weekend.

It was great to meet you on Friday when you came to visit us and we appreciate your support.

Thanks to Kikiblahblah for the soap!

Thank you so much to Sareta from kikiblahblah.com, who has made some beautiful handcrafted soaps for our clients to enjoy.

Thanks Monthind for keeping us clean!

Thank you so much to Monthind Ltd, in Copford who donated buckets, mops and cleaning products to help with keeping the warehouse, kitchen and toilet clean.

Our lovely volunteer, Penny Candler, who is a retired ex-employee collected the donation and delivered it to the Foodbank.

Milk Urgently Needed!!

Help! We are running extremely low on longlife cartons of milk - we have less than two weeks supply and only one week of juice. We also need small boxes of teabags and or coffee and rice.

Colchester Foodbank welcomes Colchester United

It was great to welcome Marvin Sordell from Colchester United to the Foodbank. Watch this space to find out how he wants to get involved. 

Take the Foodbank Fair Lent Challenge! 

The Fair Lent Challenge is to live on a Foodbank parcel for 3 days - just as our clients do - and to donate what you would have spent on shopping during that period to Colchester Foodbank.

If you think you're up to the Challenge and would like to experience receiving a parcel at the Foodbank - just as our clients do - with a welcoming cup of tea and a piece of cake, we will be running the Challenge on three days:

  • Thursday 18 February
  • Monday 22 February
  • Saturday 27 February

The centre will be open on these three days from 2:30pm - 3:30pm for you to drop in.

Email info@colchester.foodbank.org.uk for further details and put I AM IN into the subject field. We will send you further details.

This is a wonderful opportunity to do some good at Lent and also to learn more about how the Foodbank operates on a day-to-day basis! 

Simon Bloom is running the London Marathon!

A big shout out to Simon Bloom, who is taking part in the London Marathon this year to raise money for Colchester Foodbank.

Please share and support him and us by visiting his JustGiving page and making a donation.

https://www.justgiving.com/Simon-Bloom007

Latest Needs

72 food parcels have been distributed in the last week because of our generous supporters. Thank you so much!

Because of you, we have enough pasta, baked beans, soup and tinned fruit.

We are still very short of:

  • Longlife milk
  • Longlife fruit juice
  • Small tea bags (80's)
  • Instant potato (Smash etc)

Pound for a Pound

As the winter bites electricity and gas bills go up and the most needy in our community struggle between heating and eating. Lots of charities feel the pinch as pressure is put on their resources with the increase in needs.

Colchester Foodbank is no different and one of our trustees is going through some personal pain (as an overweight Trustee) to support the charity in a fundraiser. There is an option to join in if you want to fundraise and support us also. To donate click the link below. 

http://campaign.justgiving.com/charity/colchester-foodbank/pound-for-a-pound

We appreciate anything you are able to do to help out however small or big the donation.

To join our regular giving program please click on this link http://colchester.foodbank.org.uk/donate

Thank you for your support so the work of Foodbank can grow.

We distributed 68 tonnes last year which equates to 3130 parcels, 5634 people, 3403 adults, 2231 children and over 162,000 meals supported.

Donations last year weighed in at 61.4 tonnes.

Thank you to Natwest Colchester staff who now regularly donate much needed supplies now.

Many thanks to MishCon de Reya for their incredibly generous donation of £1000!

Thanks to Asda and Sainsbury's Tollgate customers who collected over 2 tonnes of food!

Thanks very much to customers at Sainsbury's Priory Walk for donating 530kg of food this weekend!

Colchester Institute students did a project to raise money to make up Christmas gift bags for Colchester Foodbank clients - they presented us with over 30 bags on Friday - clients have been overwhelmed with their gift bags which are personally signed by the students.

Big thank you to Tesco customers at Highwoods and Hythe who collected over 5 tons of food over three days! awesome generosity.

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UK foodbanks

The Trussell Trust foodbank network works in partnership with local churches and organisations to bring foodbanks to communities across the UK. There are now over 275 foodbanks in the network. Find out about our national network here

 

Food parcels are distributed from:

33 Moorside Business Park, off East Hill (past Rollerworld onto the Moorside Estate) Colchester. CO1 2ZF.

Turning left onto the Moorside Estate you come around the one way system and around the back of the warehouse buildings to the car park. Taking the first arched entrance (nearest to the railway line end of the warehouse units) walk through to the far end and Unit 33 can be found on the right-hand side. The team will welcome you with a cup of tea and a smile and exchange your voucher for the relevant food parcel.

We are open Monday - Friday 10 am - 2 pm and food parcels can be collected if you have been issued with a red voucher or an Essential Living Fund referral.

If you would like to make a donation of food the same opening hours apply. Please use the back entrance for deliveries marked no: 33.

 

If you require any further information contact:

Email: info@colchester.foodbank.org.uk

Telephone :  01206 621998

Opening hours are 10 am - 2 pm Monday to Friday.

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Donate food

We rely on food donations to feed local people in crisis. 

Items we are short of right now:-

  • Longlife Fruit Juice
  • Tinned Fruit
  • Tinned Vegetables

Food donations can be delivered direct to our warehouse at

Unit 33 , Moorside Ind. Park off East Hill

Colchester

CO1 2ZF (near Roller World)

Monday -  Friday 10 am to 2pm.

Call us on 01206 621 998 or email info@colchester.foodbank.org.uk to arrange.

Thanks!