Elstow Abbey made regular donations to Bedford Foodbank during 2020 and continues to do so in 2021.
Last year Bedford Foodbank provided food to 5716 adults and 3238 children in our local community. This required over 123 tonnes to provide these people with emergency support. With demand growing year on year in the food bank, increasing by 5 % in the last six months alone, your help and assistance will be invaluable in providing support to people that need it. On this webpage you will find shopping lists and posters of the items that are required at the moment. There is also a poster of information for August 2021.
Donations can be made anytime when the church is open on Saturdays and Sundays.
Please continue your support.
Towards the end of 2020, Bedford Foodbank wrote to us to express their thanks:
The Board of Trustees and Management team would like to thank you for your support of Bedford Food Bank 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
Date: March 2021
Bedford Foodbank Poster: August 2021