Elstow Abbey has been making regular donations to Bedford Food Bank over the last year and continues to do so. Despite the enforced partial closure of the church we have carried on with our support for this important local charity.
The charity wrote to us at the end of 2020 to express their thanks:
The Board of Trustees and Management team would like to thank you for your support of Bedford Foodbank throughout 2020.
We are aware that you have been unable to have your normal collection boxes operating but are extremely grateful to all those at Elstow Abbey at who have continued to support us by donating when you are open, at the supermarket when shopping or financially.
The amount of donations collected from your collection site for 2020 is 226.96 kg and this has provided 540 meals.
We would like to share this update on what has been happening at Bedford Foodbank in 2020.
The COVID-19 crisis has led to hardship for many, and so to an increase in the number of people needing the help of Bedford Foodbank. In 2019 we provided food for 7333 people, in 2020 we fed 8954 people. 3238 of these were children and it is sad to think that so many young lives have not only been disrupted by the lock-down, but that food poverty and the spectre of ‘holiday hunger’ have come to the fore. Fortunately, we have been able to make a difference to many and are regularly distributing between 8.5 and 14 tonnes of food each month.
Amongst all the difficulties and in spite of having to rethink many areas of how we work, together we have, by and large, overcome the problems and we can celebrate many achievements. Not least that we have had the privilege to work alongside other agencies and charities as never before. Bedford Kindness Facebook Group has helped to collect donations, and the Community Hub at All Nations Church, Food4 and the Red Cross have helped with delivering food to those unable to come and collect it.
Without your continued help it wouldn’t be possible to provide this support to local people in crisis.
Thank You for Your Support
Please see our weekly message and Reach Out for more information about Bedford Foodbank.
March 1st 2021