Here is an introduction to our project.
The Collier Row foodbank was born out of a collaboration of three churches in the area: St James’ & St John’s, The Church of the Ascension and The Church of the Good Shepherd. Since then other churches and organisations in the area have become involved as well; St Michael’s Gidea Park, Romford Baptist Church, St Edward’s CofE Church and many and various voucher holders.
Much of our current storage space is provided by a local container company, Containers 4 Sale UK, who rent us three 20 foot storage containers at a reasonable price situated at the Ascension and St Michael’s. Much of the racking so that we could store the food safely was paid for by a generous donation from the Rotary Club of Romford.
The Collier Row foodbank opened its doors at the Ascension Church distribution centre in August 2012. BT volunteers were mobilised to work on the hall and kitchen at the Ascension to make it a warm and welcoming place for greeting clients. In July 2015 the Collier Row foodbank opened a second distribution centre in partnership with Romford Baptist Church. Check out our opening times for details.
Along with many other Trussell Trust foodbanks we have a permanent collection point at Tesco for people to donate items. Our store is Tesco Extra, Roneo Corner in Hornchurch where we have a really good relationship with one of their current the Community Champions, Lesley Davey.
Although we are a church based charity, we work alongside many members of the community, of all faiths and none. We consider ourselves the channel through which those “who have” can share with those “who have not”. Some share by giving us food, some give us money, and many give us their time by volunteering in some way. All of them are vital and valued.
We continue to be grateful to a number of unsung, anonymous donors without whose help we would not survive. Local people have done great collections for us (both food and financial) and also been supported by their companies for which we are truly thankful. We would particularly mention RGE Services, the staff from North Street Medical Centre, The Royal Mail Sorting Centre at Romford, BT Romford and AGU UK Ltd. We are also grateful to the local churches and schools who regularly donate food from Harvest Festivals.
We currently have around 30 people who regularly volunteer on our rotas when the foodbank is open to clients with many more calling in to help with moving food or dating and sorting it at other times.
We are incredibly grateful to ALL volunteers, past, present and future. We thank God that, together, we are working together to improve our community, particularly those in food poverty.
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