In Matthew 25:37 we ask, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you,
or thirsty and give you something to drink?’ This was on the banner above
the shopping trolley where I was collecting food items for the Derby City Mission Food Bank in ASDA a few Saturdays ago. ASDA have been very generous in allowing us to keep a trolley in their store so if you are feeling generous please do add something. Or you may like to wait until the end of September when we are holding our Harvest Festival and we will be collecting food items and toiletries for both Derby City Mission and Padley – a list of items needed will be on the back of next month’s Breadsall Church News.
So how does the DCM Food Bank work? Well, it’s designed for people who
are in a crisis. Some individuals attend one of our clinics, along with all their
financial information, for help with budgeting, benefits or debt and they may be given food for one or two weeks to tide them over. Others are recommended – with appropriate paperwork – by a support agency (including social services and Derby City Council). Each need is unique. One man I recently gave food to had learning difficulties and had ignored important paperwork.
His key worker was sorting him out but in the meantime he needed to eat.
Another was a lady with 5 children who had, until very recently, been well
supported in a, she thought, happy family. Then without warning her husband walked out. Support etc was being sorted by herself and her new key worker but, again, in the meantime she and her children needed to eat. And there are so, so many cases like this so please, please help us to feed the hungry!