Hope+ launch campaign to fill new store for summer.
Hope+ has launched #pharaohsdream - a campaign to fill their store house before the summer when people are away and donations fall.
With a new Food Store is almost ready for use Hope+ Foodbank have a very large amount of space, and thanks to a grant from the Duchy of Lancaster, some excellent new racking.
Sadly they need to keep this store as full as possible, and especially in the coming months. In the first year of operation they provided 5,000 food hampers, in the second just short of 10,000; and the need continues to grow. Based on the last two summers, they will be at their busiest between July and the end of September, especially with the extra strain placed on families by the long vacation. They will also receive their fewest donations. Quite simply, people go on holiday, schools and colleges break up, people are saving for a well earned break.
Each year Hope+ have struggled with this problem, and frankly some weeks come up short; even to the extent of having to turn people away when they have run out of food. This is not only distressing for guests, but it is also very stressful for volunteers. They want to try and avoid this happening this year.
Hope+ have decided to try and take a leaf out of Joseph’s response to Pharaoh’s Dream. Their aim will be to fill their new granary (food store) with as much as possible in the three months running up to the start of the school holidays, and have sufficient surplus from those months of plenty to carry them through the three fallow months of summer.
Can you help?
They ask that if at all possible you make an extra donation/s of food, toiletries, cash in each of the next three months (and through the summer too if you are able). Hopefully their new shelves will soon be groaning as a result of your generosity, and more importantly, they will have enough for everyone who needs it.
How to donate
You can make your donation of non-perishable food items in the collection boxes situated in both Cathedrals, the Quaker Meeting House in School Lane, and St Bride’s Church in Percy Street.