St John Vianney Catholic Church has joined other churches in the London Borough of Redbridge and other groups and individuals to help provide emergency food for local people in crisis. 

Today in Redbridge there are families struggling to put food on the table. And for people on low income, a sudden crisis – redundancy, benefit delay or even an unexpected bill – can mean going hungry. Every day there are parents who skip meals to feed their children and people are forced to choose between paying the rent and eating. 

A gift of food does more than fill empty stomachs. Foodbanks help prevent family breakdown, housing loss, crime and mental health problems. 

Volunteers at Redbridge Foodbank also take time to listen and signpost people for further support.

Redbridge Foodbank is part of The Trussell Trust’s UK-wide foodbank network. 

In 2013-14 foodbanks fed 913,138 people across the UK. Of those helped, 330,205 were children. 

Many of our parishioners donate non-perishable food items and toiletries each week, from the list provided and put them in a box in the church, from where they are taken to Redbridge Foodbank regularly.

There items are sorted and packed into emergency food boxes consisting of three days supply of food. These boxes are provided in exchange for vouchers given by frontline care professionals such as doctors and social workers to people in crisis. 

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