Bags of Food
‘One-off’ help for families or individuals in crisis.
Growing out of our annual Christmas Hampers project (which continues each year), this Jubilee Church scheme runs throughout the year. Foods are donated by members and friends of the church and stored until a need arises. Donations from the wider community are welcomed.
The intention is to be able to offer a bag of food for an individual or family in an unexpected situation. It may be that this is a ‘one-off’ emergency, or providing food until food bank or other support can be arranged by other community partners or agencies.
Jubilee Church’s community links may contact us to request a bag of food for one of their clients and a member of our team will get prepare the Bag of Food which can be delivered to a school, centre or direct to the family.
Donations of food items are welcome - there is a box situated next to the front door at the Jubilee Centre.
Foods generally needed are:
meals in tins or jars (eg pies, stews, frankfurters)
tea, squash, juice
tuna, tomato soup, baked beans, tinned spaghetti
vegetables (sweetcorn, peas, carrots, tomatoes)
rice, pasta, noodles
pasta bake and other sauces
desserts (eg tinned fruit, rice pudding, sponges, custard, jelly, Angel Delight)
cereals, cereal bars
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'Bags of Food steps up to meet the needs of Shepperton in lockdown'
It was clear that the COVID-19 pandemic would bring about a much greater need locally and Bags of Food has faced a much bigger challenge. Working with other foodbanks in the area and the local council it was agreed that Bags of Food would become the sole foodbank for people in the TW17 postcode area. During April and May it helped as many people as it did through the whole of 2019; in May alone Bags of Food helped 238 people.
What has been great has been the help given by the wider community of Shepperton. Many individuals have donated food and money, Rotary Club of Shepperton and Sunbury and Shepperton Aurora Rotary have given financially and organised food collections and local businesses have also helped. BP Express have passed on food which they’ve been unable to sell (as well as flowers which have been very well-received by people in social isolation), Brakes Foodservice have provided food from their depot in Thorpe and butchers Daines & Gray have also given a generous cash donation. Costa Coffee, Shepperton Pre-School and 1st Shepperton (St Nicholas) Scout Group also helped at the start of lockdown.
Shepperton Lockdown Doorsteps, a brilliant project photographed people on their doorsteps during lockdown to create a record of ‘normal’ Shepperton life during this extraordinary time. It also aimed to raise £1,000 for Bags of Food, and finished up raising well over three times that amount! The picture, taken by Stephen Andrews as part of the Shepperton Lockdown Doorsteps project, shows members of the Bags of Food team, at suitable social distance, outside the Jubilee Centre.
Bags of Food continues to help many people in the area; 19 families were given food in one day recently. As well as easily-stored food items, fresh food is bought in, and bags often include much-needed toiletries, nappies, toilet rolls and even the occasional bag of dog food. It’s unlikely this level of demand will reduce any time soon, and Bags of Food aims to be at the forefront of helping people out during difficult times to come, throughout Shepperton, Upper Halliford, Charlton and Littleton.
‘For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink’. Matthew 25 v35