During the first lockdown and in the time since, the churches and communities within our diocese have been working harder than ever to support the vulnerable, those who are lonely and those who find themselves without food or shelter. As a result, the Bishop of Southwark’s Lent call for 2021 is focusing on the work of food banks in our diocese and food insecurity in places where the diocese have strong links: Zimbabwe and the Holy Land.
The theme of the Bishop of Southwark’s call to Lent is ”…..have compassion…” from Mark 8.2. In this passage, Jesus looks on those gathered around him who have come to hear the Good News and realises that they have nothing to eat. The Disciples bring him the little food that the members of the crowd have and Jesus feeds all of them and there is food left over. This familiar story reminds us that Jesus cares for people’s physical needs as well as their spiritual ones, as we should too.
During this period of Lent and as part of our ongoing ‘Love Projects’ Nutfield Church Primary School supported one of the Bishop’s named food banks: St. Matthews, Redhill. Food is a basic need, yet there are people in Redhill who are going hungry because they just don’t have enough money to feed themselves and their families. This can happen more easily than you think:
- benefit delay
- sudden illness
- an unexpected bill
- too low income to make ends meet
The Foodbank at St. Matthews aim to provide local families and individuals with essential food supplies to keep them going until a longer term solution is found.
Over two weeks we managed to collect over 200 items, ranging from toothpaste, soap and deodorant to tins of soup and pasta. We are extremely thankful to everyone who supported our Love Project by donating items to help families in need in Redhill. Mrs Brooks will be taking the donations to St. Matthew’s food bank next week.