Norwich Foodbank and St Martins Housing Trust
Norwich Foodbank - Providing emergency food for local people in a crisis
If you were in crisis - where would you turn? Many of us have friends and family to turn to when the going gets tough. But what if your family could no longer help and you had nowhere else to go? What if the kids were hungry, the cupboards bare and you were not sure where the next meal was coming from?
A sudden crisis such as an illness, family breakup, death, benefit delay or redundancy can leave people unable to feed themselves and their families. Such situations can quickly deteriorate, sometimes leading to relationship-breakdown, housing loss, crime and health problems.
Norwich Foodbank supports local individuals and families who find themselves on the edge of disaster through the provision of emergency food supplies. These supplies take the form of nutritionally-balanced emergency food boxes to cover an individual or family’s basic needs for 72 hours: the critical time gap before other support services kick in.
At Carleton Rode Baptist Church, we have been supporting the Norwich Foodbank ever since it first opened and regularly send boxes of food for distribution. For the last few years we have also taken part in the ‘reverse advent calendar’ collection in November, contributing to special Christmas boxes for those in need.
For more information please visit the Norwich Foodbank website.
St Martins Housing Trust
To maximise independent living and prevent homelessness in our community by offering a hand up – housing, support and care – to the most vulnerable.
To enhance understanding and compassion towards homeless people in our community through education and advocacy.
Our purpose is to improve the lives of the most vulnerable and increase compassion in the community.
A single approach isn’t enough to fit everyone’s needs, which is why we have a diverse range of services, from emergency hostel accommodation, to residential care for people with complex needs, to training courses to enable people to build up their skills and self-esteem.
Here at Carleton Rode Baptist Church we have been supporting St Martins Housing Trust for many years – especially through donations at Christmas for those being supported by St Martins.
For more information please visit the St Martins website.