Here is an introduction to our project
Broxbourne foodbank was set up in 2012 to help meet the needs of local people in crisis. Local churches and community groups work together towards stopping hunger in our local area.
St James Church Goffs Oak helped us get started by allowing us to use a room at the church as a stock room, we soon out grew this small room and thanks to Broxbourne Council we were able to move into our present warehouse in the New River Trading Estate in 2014.
We provide basic food parcels that give food for breakfasts, lunches and evening meal for 3-4 days. We are able to provide some fresh food through our partnerships with Marks and Spencers, Tesco Community Food Connections, Warburtons Bakery, Greggs (Turners Hill Store), Morrisons Hoddesdon and Swithenbanks Fresh Foods.
We also provide basic toiletries and household cleaning products.
Since moving to the warehouse we have been able to expand the range of non – food support we can offer to individuals and families.
We operate a clothing bank offering basics clothing for adults and children.
Since 2014 we have been working with Hertford and Ware National Childbirth Trust to provide baby bundles for new mums. These are wonderful boxes containing everything a new mum will need to make her and her new baby feel special in the first few weeks. They also support us by providing good quality donations of baby equipment and clothes.
In December 2015 we received a fantastic Christmas present – B3 Living gave us an electric van ! The van has made a tremendous difference to our ability to collect donations and transport food parcels to our distribution centres.
In 2016 we worked with Hertfordshire Community Foundation to pilot a scheme to offer fuel top-ups to clients who had no gas or electric to cook food or heat their homes.
In February 2017 we received a grant form Hastoe Group which has been used to purchase sleeping bags and thermal clothing for people living on the streets.