Churches Friendship Network

5th May 2017

We can’t solve food poverty on our own.   At West Cheshire Foodbank, we want to be a catalyst for change in our communities.   We work with people of all faiths and none, and with a range of organisations including charities, unions, housing associations and businesses.   In every area, we find people who are committed to making a difference and share our vision for food justice.    Churches, shops, pubs and schools are at the heart of every community.   But churches are often unique in that they have an explicit pastoral role for the whole community.

We grew from the churches network and we’re really thankful for the many churches that have faithfully supported us for so long.   This year, our vision is to see more churches working with us and becoming advocates for food justice.

Andrew Herbert and Rev. Christine Jones, who are leading our work to build a Churches Friendship Network said;

“We are both really active in our church families’ community outreach work and our passion for food justice has only grown since we founded West Cheshire Foodbank.   It’s a huge injustice that our operation is now so big: we remember when Foodbank did not exist in our communities.   Our own church families really supported the birth of our Foodbank and as we take our next steps – moving beyond food parcels – we know that others will want to be part of tacking food justice.   That’s why we feel a friendship network is needed.”

We’ve been really encouraged by what is possible when we work collaboratively. For example, Holy Trinity Blacon is a church which has now hosted a ‘Meeting Place’ for local families to have food and fun together during the summer, Christmas and Easter holidays. Their kitchen facilities are suitable for volunteers from the church, local community and Foodbank to prepare packed lunches and hot meals. Children’s Centre staff and staff from Tesco provided fun activities, such as story-telling, races and face painting. It has been so effective that similar holiday food and fun activities have now taken place in Ellesmere Port and Neston too.

If your church can commit to practical support to bring about food justice: offering prayers, speaking out about food poverty in your community, developing Meeting Places, finding more volunteers and, yes, donating money, we’d love to hear from you.

CONTACT:  Christine Jones:

Andrew Herbert:

We have meetings to plan family food and fun activities for summer 2017.   If you have plans to provide activities and food for children and young people this summer holiday and would like to explore what support is available, or you just want to find out how you might get involved, please get in touch.

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