How you can support the Upper Eden Foodbank during the Coronavirus pandemic?
As a consequence of COVID-19, those who rely on extra support to receive essential food and resources may find the next few months particularly challenging. For those with unreliable work or increased childcare commitments, as well as those unable to work and at increased risk because of illness, food and resources will be more challenging to get hold of.
Foodbanks are already beginning to be stretched as a result of the strain on resources. As a result, many UK foodbanks are running low on essential supplies such as long-life milk, cereal and pasta and have seen a fall in donations. As we seek to care for the vulnerable and at risk in our communities, supporting your local foodbank is a practical way to be of help.
How can I donate?
You can make donations in the following places:
- Appleby Co-Op
- Kirkby Stephen Co-Op
- Kirkby Stephen Spar
There are also Wheelie Bins outside the Sands Methodist Church in Appleby on:
- Tuesdays (10-10:30am) and Fridays (11am-12pm).
What do we need?
These are our current shortages but a full shopping list is on the Give Help page.
- 1 litre UHT Juice
- 1 litre UHT Milk
- Instant mash
- Soup – Tinned or Packet
- Long grain rice
How can I get food from the Food Bank?
Please go to the Get Help page of our website.
Prayers for our Community
We continue to hold in prayer those who will be especially affected by the current circumstances. You might wish to use this prayer to support your reflection:
In your very being you exist in relationship, living in service and love with yourself, and with us.
In reflection of this you call us into community, that in knowing one another, listening to one another, and serving one another, we might encounter you.
Through the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, when you encountered a hungry crowd, or a family in need of healing, or a group isolated from society, you responded with action, feeding, resurrecting, welcoming.
Open our eyes to the needs of those around us, especially as we encounter new challenges.
Help us to turn to one another in love, responding in action, in service of your hope.
In Jesus’ Name