Elvet is both a collection point for Foodbank donations (deposits may be made in the yellow collection receptacle in the church foyer) and a distribution point for referred clients needing food, toiletries and fuel vouchers.
Those who have been issued referral slips from participating agencies (e.g. from Housing Associations, job centre, Social Services etc) may collect food at Elvet every Tuesday afternoon between 1.30pm – 3pm. The volunteers who manage this service are from within the local community and many are Elvet members.
People from a variety of faiths, and none, have attended with various causes for their need – ranging from mental health problems, substance abuse, delay in their benefits and unexpected job loss.
In addition to their food allowance they are offered cleaning products and toiletries, fuel vouchers as well as a hot drink and usually fresh bread, pastries and cakes, thanks to a generous agreement with Greggs the Bakers.
Volunteers also offer listening ear and will signpost visitors to other services/charities which may be of benefit to them.
If you wish to volunteer with the foodbank, there is a rota sign up sheet in the church hall and training is available to ensure good quality service is given.