Published on October 23rd, 2018 | by Sam Rose
Post Office Shop Visits St Catherine’s Food Bank
Whilst visiting St Catherine’s Food Bank last week, the team at Post Office Shop donated food supplies towards the service whilst also learning of the great importance it has in the Wakefield community.
Operating five days a week to help feed those less fortunate and in need, St Catherine’s Food Bank in Wakefield, West Yorkshire is a vital community resource managed by volunteers and members of the church. Their work last year meant that they were able to distribute just under 4,000 food parcels along with providing hot meals for almost 11,000 people who needed them most. For vulnerable individuals and families within the city, St Catherine’s Food Bank has become a welcoming haven along with the other important services that the church currently operates.
Services Provided by St Catherine’s Food Bank
During Post Office Shop’s visit, the team was able to learn that the Food Bank at St Catherine’s offer several life-changing services for those who need them the most. They ensure that a free hot meal is provided every day of the week to those at their most vulnerable, along with offering the same individuals and families a place to gather over a Christmas lunch and a Summer themed BBQ event. Additionally, the project offers several other areas of support for those who visit the Food Bank including access to financial advice and can signpost visitors to a number of other support agencies where required.
Situated within the church is also their Recovery Café, a meeting place set up specially to aid adults who are dealing with mental health issues. The Café provides those who fall into this bracket with low cost meals, a peer support service and free access to professional workers for any further advice or information. Held every Thursday, the Recovery Café service offers those who are need of it a supportive and welcoming space and the chance to share a nutritious meal with members of the church and people who are willing to listen and understand.
Meeting Rising Demand
In 2017, St Catherine’s Food Bank were able to issue 3,476 emergency food parcels, averaging at almost 300 parcels each month. This number has grown during the first six months of 2018 however. The team at St Catherine’s have so far issued another 2,357 full food parcels to those in need and has averaged out at almost 400 parcels delivered throughout the course of each month. This is without adding smaller bags for those who don’t currently have access to cooking facilities or are unable to receive the standard food parcels provided. The project has provided almost 700 servings of soup and hot drinks too in addition to their food parcels service.
Sadly, the demand for St Catherine’s and other Food Banks across the country is only rising as more people find themselves going through unfortunate life events and other worrying situations. The service could not be run without their team of hard-working volunteers and without food supplies being provided by generous donors. To keep their Food Bank and other services running, St Catherine’s relies heavily on individual donors and the charitable public to continue to meet this demand and aid such a critical need in today’s world.
Donating to St Catherine’s Food Bank
If you would like to do your part in helping to feed local people who are experiencing crisis, St Catherine’s Food Bank would greatly appreciate your support in donating to the cause. You can do this by donating items that the Food Bank are most in need of including:
- Milk (UHT or powdered)
- Sugar (500g)
- Soup (in tins or packets)
- Pasta Sauces
- Tomatoes (tinned)
- Rice Pudding (tinned)
- Tea Bags/Instant Coffee
- Instant Mashed Potato
- Fruit (tinned)
- Meat/Fish (tinned)
- Vegetables (tinned)
- Tinned Meals (meatballs, spaghetti etc.)
- Potatoes (tinned)
- Bags for Life Carrier Bags
You can also donate to this worthwhile service with a monetary donation if you are unable to supply any of the items above. To learn more on how you can help in further supporting the running of their Emergency Food Store and pledge a traditional money donation, please click here.