Harvest is coming up and as always the church celebrates and gives thanks for all our blessings! We also collect for those in need, bringing donations to our Harvest Festival Service on the 8th October. If you would like to join in you can join us at 10:30am on the day, or donate any time beforehand.
Here is the list of the weekly items that our local Ash Villages Food Parcels team use for a standard food parcel, to give you an idea of what you might donate:
The tins we get through 30+ a week of each:
Tomatoes / Sweetcorn / Baked beans / Tuna
Meat (curry or hotdogs or ham or mince or corned beef etc)
Sweet (tinned fruit / rice pudding / custard etc)
Other staples we include every week are:
Pasta (instant noodles are a great ‘low cost to cook’ option)
Rice (microwave rice is low cost to heat)
Pasta sauce (again low cost to heat)
Tea / coffee / sugar
UHT milk & Cereal
Treats occasionally to bring a smile e.g. Biscuits / Jam / crisps / sweets
We also try to include fresh items to support healthier eating:
Potatoes / Onions / Carrots / Apples / Eggs
Any of the above that you might like to donate would be much appreciated thank you. You could pick one item and donate a few of the same, or pick a couple of things from the list, or even pick one of each and donate the necessary for a whole weekly parcel.
Alternatively you could choose to support us with toiletries and “Baby bank” items:
Shower gel / Shampoo / Sanitary items / Soap
Nappies / baby wipes / Baby formula / Baby food pouches
Laundry pods (we divide packs between families)
Supporting those with much loved Pets: We also like to be able to give out cat food and dog food if people are able to donate those, so that families can afford to keep much loved pets.
Where to send things:
Donations for the Harvest Festival service collection can be dropped off at St Mary’s Church on Vale Rd, GU12 5JE whenever we are open. (E.G Sunday church services are 10:30am-12:00 / Toddlers on Tuesdays 10:00-11:30 / Cafe on Fridays 10:00-13:00)
Throughout the year you can also take donations directly to the team at the Chapel on Wharf Rd GU12 5AY, where we pack the parcels. The team is there packing parcels on Wednesdays and Fridays 8:45-9:30am or contact us to make other arrangements if these times don’t work for you. You can also choose to leave items in the community shed in the Chapel car park. Please clearly label the bag “Donation for the food parcels”.
Do you take donations of funds too? Yes please!
If shopping is inconvenient we do also very gladly accept donations of funds. We can buy in bulk which keeps the cost down and makes your money go even further to feed more families.
You can donate by cash or cheque at St Mary’s church Ash Vale, which our Treasurer allocates to the restricted fund for food parcels – just write on the envelope or on the back of the cheque what the donation is for and he ensures it goes in the right account.
We can send you the details for a bank transfer or regular standing order if you prefer. This just requires you to put “Food Parcels” as the reference so again we can assign the funds to the right project.
For immediate online donations we have a church account with the “Give a little” donations platform and the link for the Food Parcels project is here: https://givealittle.co/campaigns/7a47190c-ad4e-4cf9-8662-da844101a41c this platform allows you to sign up for monthly regular giving, or a one-off donation, whichever you would like to do.
Whatever you decide to do – thank you very much for your support!
If you’d like to know more please contact: 07730609446