On 7th October 2012, West Norwood FEAST will be supporting local food collection charity Norwood Foodbank to orchestrate a massive food drive in the local area. We’re calling this the FEASTival! Together, we will be collecting non-perishable, in-date food in the weeks running up to the FEAST on 7th October, when we’ll have food-related activities and workshops throughout the day, as well as our regular monthly market.

Every day people in the UK go hungry for reasons ranging from redundancy to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income. Trussell Trust foodbanks provide a minimum of three days emergency food and support to people experiencing crisis in the UK.

Foodbanks help prevent crime, housing loss, family breakdown and mental health problems. A simple box of food makes a big difference. All food is donated by the public and sorted by volunteers. Frontline care professionals such as doctors and social workers identify people in crisis and issue a food voucher. Clients receive three days of nutritionally balanced, non-perishable food in exchange for their food voucher. Foodbanks also make time to chat and to signpost clients to other helpful services.

Norwood Foodbank is based in St Luke’s Church in West Norwood and is open on Tuesdays (10am-1pm) and Fridays (10am-2pm).

Foodbank relies on food donations to feed local people in crisis. Items urgently needed are:
Tinned meat and fish
Vegetarian options
Tinned vegetables
Tinned fruit
Tinned and instant puddings
Longlife milk
Baby food
Pasta sauces all sizes
Cooking sauces all sizes
Instant coffee and Hot chocolate
Squash and fruit juice
Cakes with long shelf life

In addition we also collect the following:
Nappies especially larger sizes
Wet wipes
Soap, shower gel, shampoo
Washing powder
Washing up liquid
Sanitary wear

You will be able to donate any non-perishables at St Luke’s Church, as well as at shops on Norwood High Street displaying the FEASTival poster. FEAST will also have decorated food collection trolleys out and about on the 7th October to collect any spontaneous donations.

So remember, don’t come empty handed – we need your donations to make a difference!