Bags of Food
‘One-off’ help for families or individuals in crisis.
Growing out of our annual Christmas Hampers project (which continues each year), this Jubilee Church scheme runs throughout the year. Foods are donated by members and friends of the church and stored until a need arises. Donations from the wider comjunity are welcomed.
The intention is to be able to offer a bag of food for an individual or family in an unexpected situation. It may be that this is a ‘one-off’ emergency, or providing food until food bank or other support can be arranged by other community partners or agencies.
Jubilee Church’s community links may contact us to request a bag of food for one of their clients and a member of our team will get prepare the Bag of Food which can be delivered to a school, centre or direct to the family.
Donations of food items are welcome - there is a box in the foyer at the Jubilee Centre.
Foods generally needed are:
tea, squash, juice
meals in tins or jars (eg pies, stews, frankfurters)
tuna, tomato soup, baked beans, tinned spaghetti
vegetables (sweetcorn, peas, carrots, tomatoes)
rice, pasta, noodles
pasta bake and other sauces
desserts (eg tinned fruit, rice pudding, sponges, custard, jelly, Angel Delight)
cereals, cereal bars
Click here for a printable version of this list.
Please check the news sheet for up-to-date lists. Thank you!
If you'd like to know more, please contact us.
‘For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink’. Matthew 25 v35
An account of our SUMMER BAGS OF FOOD 2018
Through the school summer holidays we have supported families by providing bags of food - the ingredients for five suggested meals, along with some additional treats. Plus basics such as bread and milk each week, and some fresh meat, vegetables and fruit, to boost the nutritional content of the food we provide.
Each week foods were provided by your donations, and funds to purchase fresh items. We saw God’s provision in other ways too; packs of nappies of the right sizes, a travel cot and gluten free foods were appearing at just the right time. Shopping vouchers were also donated which enabled us to buy £60 of food for just £30.
Thank you to everyone for your generous gifts of food, money and time to pack bags, meet and greet the families as they came to the Jubilee Centre each week on Friday mornings to collect their food, and/or deliver food when needed.
Saxon Sure Start Children’s Centre and local schools referred families to us. Here are some of the comments we have received from these links:
‘I am so impressed with your scheme, and the thought and planning that has gone into it. I know this family have said how much it is helping them. Thank you. ’‘We really appreciate the support from Jubilee Church, thank you.’ ‘We [Sure Start] saw one of the other families with a new baby that you are supporting with bags of food. They told us how helpful the scheme was, and spoke of one of the meals dad had cooked with the ingredients. Thank you. So lovely to hear how much Jubilee is doing to support, but also the enjoyment the family had in preparing one of the meals. Much appreciated.’
The families are very grateful too: ‘Thank you so much for helping us out. It means so much to us that there is people out there that care. God bless x’
At the beginning of the summer Bags of Food was our Outlook prayer focus. We prayed for the families we would feed, for the building of relationships with them and for the provision of food. The Lord has heard and answered these prayers in a big way.
Altogether we fed 29 individuals, we planned and made provision for 35 meals for each of them… and we gave out 980 portions of food!
That’s what happens when your generosity combines with God’s generosity.