At Harvest time 2011, the fellowship at St Francis realised a great need in the community. A need to look after families who perhaps through redundancy or illness were going without food. In today’s society it’s difficult to imagine children going hungry when we hear so much about the benefits which are available. However the reality is that people were going without food to enable them to pay rent and heat to stay in their homes.
With this in mind our congregation generously collected food and provisions at the Harvest Festival service, sufficient to feed 5 known families for a week. On hearing this, the good people at All Saints and the Holme School kindly donated the provisions from their Harvest Festivals - and the St Francis Food Bank was born.
Since then other churches in the Bordon area have formed their own Food Bank with churches and local shops donating on a weekly basis, with volunteers collecting and distributing to those not as fortunate as many.
Locally the St Francis Food Bank helps many families each week, and we hear of some heartbreaking stories. We are grateful for the support this year of donations from businesses in the area, All Saints, The Holme School and Grayshott Surgery and many others.
But the essence is for local people to support their local community by continuing to give just something each week, and if enough people do give it there will be enough for those in need. Please keep giving generously and you will receive generous blessings from God.
For more information contact Pauline Firman on 01428 714095.
You can donate food directly into the collection box at the church or if you call Pauline or Martin first on the number above, you can take it to Chaparral, Downsview Road, Headley Down, Hants, GU35 8JH.