For years now at the Church of the Ascension we have collected food for asylum seekers in the borough. We put tinned and dried goods in the boxes at the back of the church and every few weeks Trish Bishop bags everything up and a kind member of the congregation takes it all to St John’s for distribution to the needy people who queue to take their share home. Our Harvest offering goes to Lewisham Churches for Asylum Seekers (LewCAS) and this year we had a ‘spring harvest’ which produced a boost to supplies.
In spite of our efforts there are times when there isn’t enough food to meet the need. The summer months are particularly difficult – congregations are depleted because of the number of people on holiday. The recipients will not be going on holiday however. To deal with this situation the Neighbourhood Care Committee decided at the meeting last Thursday (19th July) to inaugurate a regular collection of money for the LewCAS food bank. With cash, the organisers at St John’s can fill in the gaps in their food cupboard with particular food that is in short supply.
You are of course perfectly free to carry on bringing food you have bought as part of your weekly shopping. But if you would like to make a regular donation, perhaps because you know you aren’t always in church on Sunday, please download the standing order form and, if you are a UK tax payer, the gift aid form. Your generosity will put the food bank on a much firmer footing.
With many thanks,
The Neighbourhood Care Committee
(John, Anne, Trish, Georgina, Margaret D, Peter, Frank, Bridget, Lindiwe, Margaret O, Ted, Simon, Nancy, Ros)