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Purley Food Hub - November Update

Purley Food Hub - November Update

October saw food for 3,636 meals delivered to 404 Food Hub clients and family members, taking us past 40,000 meals in 2020 so far - already 10,000 more than in the whole of 2019.


Of course, this would not be possible without the tireless efforts of our volunteers or the huge donations of food - and toiletries, baby products, etc - received from churches, schools and the local community, including increased numbers of family and individual donors. Thank you ALL.


This Harvest-time we have received many, many donations of food and also money, and we have posted a snapshot of these in LATEST NEWS on our website at www.purleyfoodhub.net and also on our Facebook page and Twitter and Instagram accounts.


During October we wrote confirming to our Ticket Partners - the agencies who refer clients to us - that for the foreseeable future we will be continuing to deliver food parcels direct to clients’ homes rather than clients come to us, as they did before Covid-19. Several TPs wrote back to express their gratitude:


}What the Food Hub has managed to do is amazing, I am sure the volunteers are a welcome sight to those in need when they see them!~ ... }All the referrals I have made so far have given me good feedback and appreciate your support~ ... }It is amazing you are still managing to do home deliveries - it is so important right now~ ... }Well done for all that the team do - such a blessing to the community~ ... }A massive thank you to the team for providing such a fantastic service.~


Please see attached our November Food List with the food and non-food items most needed this month for clients and their families:


l Tins of cooked plain meat such as corned beef and ham l Cartons of long life whole milk l Jars of fish paste and meat paste lTins of rice pudding l Tinned vegetables     l Packets of tea bags l Toilet rolls l Small bottles of washing up liquid l Unisex deodorant l Toothpaste l Sanitary pads.


And just to mention that we don’t need any more BAKED BEANS at the present time thank you - we have more than enough! 


A reminder that food donations and toiletries, etc, can be brought any Wednesday morning or Saturday morning between 10.00am-12.00noon to Purley United Reformed Church next to Purley Hospital: please go to the door at the far end of the roadway running along the left side of the church building.


Finally, at the Food Hub’s AGM on 8th October, Mark Dakin (Purley Baptist Church), Shade Odupelu (PBC), Terry Whittaker (Purley URC) and Annabel Wright (Christ Church) were appointed as Trustees, replacing two retiring Trustees, Derek Harris and Judith Johnson, and filling two other vacancies. They were welcomed “on board” by Trevor Jones, Chair of Trustees, who thanked Derek and Judith for their faithful service.


Trevor and Helen Harris, who is temporarily standing down as Chair of the Management Committee, both paid tribute to the work of the Food Hub's volunteers, particularly over the past six months of the coronavirus pandemic, and thanked everyone for their generous donations of food and money.


Louise Willmer (Purley URC) will be Acting Chair of the Management Committee and Joanna Walker (PBC) succeeds Derek as Treasurer on the Management Committee. 


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