There's a crisis looming here in the UK, Food Banks are appearing in lots of our towns, they shouldn't need to be there but they are. They are picking up the pieces of a failing support system for people that would otherwise, mostly through no fault of their own go hungry.
Last night I read the latest post on Jack's Blog What can you do to help? Buy someone #22mealsforacoffee (That’s 22 meals for the price of a £3 coffee…) and it resonated through my mind. See HERE to read the entire post or follow the link to her Blog on my Blog List on the sidebar. Could you donate the cost of your regular morning latte and spend the money instead on a carrier bag of supermarket basics to feed a family for up to 22 meals.
This morning I found the location for donations to my local Food Bank, their national page is HERE, do they have one near you? I printed off their ideal shopping list which is above (and also now has added to it toilet rolls, shower gel and toothpaste) and then I checked out what items they are really short of this month. Their drop off point is in the Sainsb*ry's that is a little bit further away from the one I usually use, but I have a full tank of fuel, so I am going to get my shopping there instead this week and while I'm at it shop for someone else too.
They are holding a huge nationwide collection at 200 branches of Asda on 3rd August, so if you have one near you it would be easy to get a bit of your shopping from there and take up Jack's £3 coffee for 22 meals challenge. Here's a link to the participating stores.
You don't have to spend a whole £3, times are hard in different ways for all of us, but even an extra couple of tins of beans or a single packet of rich tea biscuits that you can donate could make all the difference to someone somewhere. I've been in the position where a single extra packet of biscuits in my cupboard would have meant that I could have had some too, instead of rationing out what I did have for my boys' suppers, and then I too would have gone to bed, not with a full tummy but at least with a non-rumbling one.
We can all make a difference, it's good to help.