North Ayrshire Food Bank
Since our church has become actively involved in the North Ayrshire Foodbank, members have been helping out in the collecting of food at a number of special supermarket collections which have taken place over the past few months.
What is even more heartening is the level of individual contributions being handed into the church on a Sunday morning . We are now registered as a collection centre for the Foodbank and since the announcement at the February communion we have been averaging 3 crates of food each week, which is great as it goes a long way to help those in need.
Many people are of the opinion that foodbanks cater for the down-and-outs and for people who don’t want to work but, in fact, most is far from the truth. Most recipients are normal folk whose benefits have been delayed or those who have hit hard times.
Since the foodbank started in November till the 22nd of March, here are some interesting statistics :
Food Boxes Distributed = 147
Adults Fed = 181, Children Fed = 106, Total Fed = 287
Total Food Collected = 4,494 kg
Total Food Distributed = 1,992 kg
These individuals have been provided with a three days supply of food, to help them through their crisis. People are referred for many reasons, Including illness, redundancy, domestic violence, homelessness or family breakdown. It’s been said that many of us are one pay check away from a crisis.Recently, following a request, a number of food boxes were sent to Arran, to ease the emergency situation caused by the snow storm on the island.
This is Christianity in the practical sense, ministering to the needs of our local community and we are proud that our church is taking an active part in this ongoing venture.
Soon you, along with everyone else in Dreghorn and Springside, will be receiving through your letterbox a leaflet promoting the foodbank and our Church’s involvement in it.
Donations can be handed in any Sunday Morning at the Session House, at any meeting of the Guild and also at the Coffee Club on Tuesdays mornings in the Church Hall. If everyone contributes a couple of items a week it is amazing how stocks build up. The basic shopping list is shown and priority items will be indicated, each Sunday, in the order of service. As Jesus is quoted in Matthew 25 – verses 35-36:
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me...”
As Christians, this is what is expected of us today...
F. W. Henderson