Donate and Volunteer at the Food and Support Drop-in

While they need everything on the list below, the Food and Support Drop-In are currently very short of tins of every kind, cereals, instant noodles, cakes, biscuits, and fillings to put into sandwiches. Sandwich fillings and instant meals such as noodles are vital for people who may have a kettle but no cooker or microwave.

Tinned meat, corned beef, ham etc, rice, toilet rolls, pies, e.g. Fray Bentos, breakfast cereals, roll on deodorant, tinned soup/Cup a Soup, curry sauce/pasta sauce, soap, tinned meals – Irish stew etc., shampoo, tinned fish, tinned puddings, shower gel, tinned potatoes, toothpaste, tinned vegetables (peas/carrots/sweetcorn etc), coffee, washing up liquid, tinned baked beans, sugar, washing powder, instant mash potato, fruit squashes, instant noodles/Pot Noodles etc., biscuits/crackers, complete dog food, meat pastes, peanut butter & other savoury sandwich spreads, sweets (individually wrapped if possible), complete cat food, jam/marmalade/lemon curd/chocolate spread etc., UHT milk, tin openers, small bars of chocolate or other individual treats, instant hot chocolate, bakery and fresh items for use in the free cafe.

They are also short of shoes, socks and trainers, bath towels and double size bedding including; double sheets, double quilts, quilt covers, and pillows.

The Drop-In is open for deliveries on Thursday and Saturday Mornings between 8.30am and 12 noon. They also need volunteers on these days – regularly or occasionally – and they also need people to help clean up after the doors close at 11.45am on Saturdays.

If you wish to help at all, please get in touch or visit them:

The Food and Support Drop In, C/o The Gathering Place, 1 St James Road, Halifax, HX1 1YS.

 

Telephone: 01422 647390

Email: fooddropin@gmail.com

Increased space to extend Food bank support

The Calderdale Food and Support Drop-In Centre at New Ebenezer Church, Halifax, helps to feed some of our most vulnerable members of society through handing-out around 150 food parcels, each week.

The Church has been used as a food bank and crisis centre since 2009, and is run by Christians Together Calderdale.  It has been supported by individuals and local churches, as well as donations from organisations and small business to provide a weekly drop-in service of food parcels and support to people and families struggling to cope.

Since then, Christian Together Calderdale estimate that about £946,000 worth of practical and volunteer support has been given to the people of Calderdale, through food parcels, shelter and advice.

On Monday 15 September, Calderdale Council’s Cabinet is discussing how the Council can help the group extend what they do at the centre by offering them a licence at a‘peppercorn rent’ at Ebenezer Centre adjacent to the Church, which has become vacant.

The Centre is owned by Calderdale Council, and was previously used as Council offices. The Council has been in talks with the Christians Together Calderdale group for some time, discussing how the Centre could help meet the increase in demand for food parcels and also provide other support to their visitors which will help them turn their lives around, like money advice and skills, supporting people with mental health or other health issues, kitchen and cooking skills.

They are also looking into operating a not for profit café and a night shelter from the building during January and February.

Members will discuss the plans for the Centre at the meeting of Calderdale Council’s Cabinet on Monday 15 September, from 6pm at Halifax Town Hall.

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