Chelmsford Trussell Trust Foodbank is a ministry of Oasis Church and is overseen by Ruth Leverett. The volunteers are from churches all over Chelmsford.
Every day people in the UK go hungry for a range of reasons including redundancy, receiving an unexpected bill on a low income and relationship breakdown. Others simply struggle to cope with the cost of living; Netmums discovered that one in five parents will miss a meal tonight in order to feed their children. Sadly, this is also true in Chelmsford.
Trussell Trust foodbanks provide a minimum of three days emergency food and support to people experiencing crisis in the UK. Oasis Church has taken a lead in the establishing and development of Chelmsford Foodbank from first opening in July 2012. This was originally based primarily at The Waterfront Place, Wharf Road, but now distributes from four centres across the city, both centrally from Trinity Methodist church and also in Melbourne and Great Baddow. In those two years 3,765 local people have been fed, and sadly the need has been increasing.
Food is distributed on a voucher basis, and over 70 agencies in and around Chelmsford hold these. When people access the Foodbank, they receive so much more than just their food. They are welcomed, accepted, listened to and signposted to organisations which may be able to help them address the underlying issues which they face. As a Christian charity, we believe God loves us and is interested in our situation and so we offer to pray for clients. However, if the client is not happy with this or it feels inappropriate, it is not pursued. Many who come leave feeling differently to when they arrived; they go away having had their dignity restored and hope revived. Many clients testify to not knowing what they would have done without the Foodbank.
To find out more please visit the Chelmsford Foodbank website.