THE IMPACT OF THE CORONAVIRUS
Food poverty has been a sad reality for many people, with numbers increasing in recent years. The impact of the current Coronavirus crisis is profound, and the number of people reaching out for support from Foodbanks and other similar projects is growing by the day. Very recently (week of 23rd – 28th March) the demand for food at just one of Bristol’s larger foodbanks tripled, and is continuing to increase.
The city benefits from significant food supplies through the work of FareShare South West (which West (which thankfully continue to increase), alongside generous donations of food from the public (although direct donations of food have tailed off in recent weeks). However, the growth in demand is such that there is an urgent need to buy-in certain key food items to ensure that Foodbanks can continue to meet the increasing demand.
At this time therefore, the Bristol Churches City Fund is partnering with Bristol Noise and Christian Action Bristol to raise funds for what is becoming a critical need across the city. This will enable some economies of scale to be achieved in buying food for the foodbanks, and will support the effort to get food to where it is most urgently needed.
There is an URGENT need to raise funds to ensure that we are able to meet that need. We would therefore ask for an outpouring of generosity from the church community across the city to contribute to this fund.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
This is a time for us as a church community, along with others across the city, to show a spirit of generosity and kindness.
Please give - we believe this to be a biblical imperative: “For I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”
Every donation made will be directed to providing much needed food to foodbanks across the city, and will make a huge difference to the lives of thousands of families.
HERE ARE THREE WAYS YOU CAN SUPPORT
1. Make your donation by visiting our THE BRISTOL CHURCHES CITY FUND DONATION PAGE
2. You can also donate by texting 70460. To donate £2 text ‘CITYFUNDFOOD 2', £5 text 'CITYFUNDFOOD 5', £10 text 'CITYFUNDFOOD 10’. Texts cost the donation amount plus one standard rate message.
3. Share and tell your friends, family, homegroups and churches about the Bristol Churches City Fund.
The Churches City Fund is administered through the George Müller Charitable Trust, (charity no. 1066832), providing governance over how funds are released to support key projects and initiatives across the Region.