We have carried several articles about the Community foodbank at St Saviours over the 3 years since it started. But it is only recently that I went to see for myself what an incredible asset this is to the community.
Although based in Sunbury, it covers the community across Shepperton too for now I arrived as there was a huge buzz and bustle in the hall. Surplus food which had been donated from many local supermarkets (Aldi Chertsey and Feltham, Lidl, Tesco Sunbury Extra and Express, Co-op Shepperton, M&S, Bookers and Costco) was being laid out for people to take home. It was staggering how much there was. “This is just one day’s donation” said Claire Hopkins who runs the service and who has been instrumental in getting it all up and running. It is of course a lucky dip, but I could see fruit and veg, all perfectly useable, pasta, prepared dishes and lots of bread. There were even flowers.
Much of the produce was selected and put into shopping bags, then lunch was served. Both hot and cold options with cakes, tea and coffee available too.
There were clearly many regulars attending. It is a lifeline to many. Claire told me that in Sunbury it is estimated that 1/9 households have one person at least who goes hungry every day. With this amount of surplus food it is just not right. Come down and get fed! She told me of a shoplifter in Tesco who, when being cautioned, was told “get down to St Saviours Community Foodbank” and was walked over Sunbury Cross. This is a much better way of solving a problem.
We must stress though, that the surplus food is for anyone. For those of you who do not like food waste, this is for you too.
St Saviours are always looking for volunteers. Also corporate sponsorship or involvement. Do get in touch:
Claire Hopkins, Social Transformation Pastor & Food Bank and Surplus Manager
Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 8.30am – 3.30pm
St Saviour’s Church
205 Vicarage Road, Sunbury-on-Thames, TW16 7TP