Hart Foodbank

Hart Foodbank

St John’s PCC was proud to support Hart Foodbank as its local charity in 2021, and although no longer one of our nominated charities we continue to support the Foodbank, by donating food to the various drop off points.

Last year it handed out 1,640 emergency food packages to local people in crisis.

Hart Foodbank is part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by the Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK. They provide a 3 day’s package of nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to them in crisis.

From its beginning in September 2011 with one branch in Fleet as a project of Fleet Methodist church, Hart Foodbank now has 3 centres. Life Church, Hook joined in June 2012 and St Barnabas, Darby Green in December 2012. Now an initiative of Churches Together in Fleet and Crookham, Hart foodbank continues to provide food parcels for local people in crisis and strives to help them get back on their feet.  Hart Foodbank it was the 100th UK Foodbank (out of over 400). As part of the Trussell Trust Christian charity, we aim to demonstrate Gods' love for all in a practical and tangible way.

The foodbank is designed to provide food in a crisis and is not an ongoing source of help. Foodbank volunteers can direct the clients towards more permanent solutions through the benefit system, organise debt counselling when appropriate and perhaps personal counselling. Food is donated by individuals, church groups and food collection days at supporting supermarkets.

for more information or for enquiries:

Phone 07926 806256
email hart.foodbk@hotmail.co.uk
facebook facebook/hartfoodbank
website hart.foodbank.org.uk

How the System Works

People in crisis can ask for a red voucher from agencies, such as Social Services, Citizen's Advice, Lions Community Store, Children's centres, GP Surgeries and this Benefice. They will assess the client's needs and give the voucher to exchange for food. The person then presents the voucher at the Foodbank where food is supplied for each family member, sufficient for 3 days. The food is non-perishable for easy storage and is nutritionally balanced. Whatever the reason for the crisis, we offer non-judgemental support, a listening ear and perhaps a prayer if that is wanted.

During the Coronavirus Pandemic

The foodbank is operating at Fleet Methodist Church, St Barnabas Darby Green; and with Life Church Centre Hook open for deliveries only - contact 07849198179.

We're observing 2m social distancing and cleanliness. Please respect that our volunteers are having minimum contact with delivery drivers, donors, collectors and clients. As key workers we need to stay safe to serve people in need. I'm very grateful to all who give their time and keen to keep our shielding volunteers at home. We are hoping to open another centre in Odiham.

"We have just taken delivery of our food parcel and we are over the moon with what you have found for us. Thanks is just too small a word. We cannot put into words how grateful we are."

Hart Hub partnership

When people call the Hart Hub helpline: 03333704000, this is run by Hart District Council, one choice of help may include food from Hart Foodbank.

Taking Stock

Many collection points have closed, so we have new outlets: Morrison's Fleet, Waitrose Fleet, Church on the Heath Fleet, Fleet Methodist Church, Yateley Co-op, St Barnabus Darby Green, Everseley Stores, Life Church Hook, Tesco Hook, Odiham Co-op and St John's Hartley Wintney. Each week since mid March, Morrisons and Tesco are donating hundreds of kilos of food to our store. This means we have had fewer shortages and we've been able to keep up with the extra demand caused by the Covid 19 crisis. We have fed 100% more people than we did this time last year. Thank you! Trussell Trust have agreed that we can use British Gas drivers for a number of our deliveries. So helpful!

What can I do?

If you would like to donate food to the foodbanks please see https://hart.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-food/ - the foodbanks in the local area are now sharing food between the local foodbanks and publish a list each month of the local shortages.  You can continue to drop food off at the Hook Life Church, Tescos in Hook or Waitrose in Fleet.

Last updated: Jan 2022

Thank you

Registered charity number: 1127326