Posted by Devenia Besant on 17 May 2018

Yesterday I made time to go and visit our local foodbank to find out more about the work they do behind the scenes.  These guys work extremely hard co-ordinating centres, collections, pick ups, drop offs, volunteers, paper work that goes for miles and not to mention making those that are in the unfortunate position to have to use the service feel welcomed and comfortable.  There has been an increase in numbers of those that need this service and headed up by Jonathan Lee’s it’s a safe place of non judgement but support and compassion.

As well as offering the foodbank facility they also offer counselling, benefits advice, support work and more.  They also work closely with a local debt management agency CAP who can assist with any money troubles.

The foodbank are always happy to receive help from the local community for those that need help in the area and donations are always welcomed.  This week the following items will gladly be received:

  • Shaving Foam
  • Shampoo
  • Honey
  • Ketchup
  • Brown Sauce
  • Jam
  • Dried Milk
  • Tinned Vegetables
  • Tinned Meat
  • Cat Food
  • Dog Food

Donations can be dropped off at Waitrose – Epsom, Waitrose – Banstead, Tesco’s – Leatherhead, Sainsburys – Epsom, Sainsburys – Leatherhead and Asda – Burgh Heath as well as at the following Churches:

  • St Joseph’s Church Epsom
  • Banstead United Reformed Churc
  • All Saints Church Banstead
  • Christchurch Ewell
  • St George’s and St Giles Ashtead
  • St Clement’s Church
  • St Mary’s Church Ewell
  • Ruxley Church Ewell
  • Epsom Methodist Church
  • Kings Church, Epsom
  • Stoneleigh Baptist Church
  • St Mary’s Church, Cuddington
  • Christchurch Epsom
  • United Reformed Church, Ewell

To find out more about the work our local foodbank do visit their website here.  They are always looking for volunteers to collect and deliver furniture and are always in need of wardrobes.  If you can help then do get in touch with them and if you yourself need help or know someone who does then just pick up the phone or drop into one of the centres, there is support out there for you.

Devenia Besant
Devenia (Dee) Besant is the founder of Epsom and Ewell Families. Runs a busy household as a mummy of 3 and a wife and some would say crazily committed to helping small businesses and the local community.

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