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What a difference a week makes! Beautiful sunny day in Sunny Dunny again. This is what spring should be like. Hopefully, the bulbs will start to bloom again soon. However, there are still some folks not too far from here still blocked in and the weather further south is still bad.
We are getting our presence out to a further level with our involvement with The Ridge and various other professional organisations in and around the town. However, I did meet someone in Dunbar on Wednesday who had no idea of our existence nor of the reason for our existence. Still a way to go then.....
STOCK REQUIRED THIS WEEK - TINNED VEGETABLES, IRISH STEW, HAGGIS, PIES, TOILET ROLLS, DEODORANTS AND CLEANING PRODUCTS
WE DO NOT NEED DONATIONS OF BEANS, SOUP, CEREAL, DRIED PASTA, NAPPIES, TOOTHBRUSHES AND TOOTHPASTE, SANITARY PRODUCTS BABY FOOD OR PET FOOD.
We continue to be extremely grateful to those of you who faithfully continue to give exactly what we need. Please note, we don't want or need too many Easter Eggs!
Regards to all. Enjoy this lovely weather. Anne
Christine Gray tells me that Spott Church donated 32.7 kg of food stuffs today (14th February) to Dunbar Basics Food bank. (Equivalent to 5st 2 lbs or 72.091 lbs). This was very much appreciated by the Basics Food Bank Team.
Our next monthly collection date is due on Sunday 11th March 2018.
Basics Food Bank Newsletter @ 8th February 2018
Good morning everyone. Certainly, a warmer morning than yesterday, but we are being warned that colder weather is again on its way.
However cold yesterday was, there was a warm welcome awaiting those who came along to the Foodbank yesterday. Two pots of home-made soup and some lovely home baking after a few weeks of using up Christmas goodies went down a treat. There was, as usual, a lovely cosy atmosphere in the back hall as clients and volunteers chatted amongst themselves. To the untrained eye, it is hard to distinquish who is a client and who is not which is just the way we want it to be. Even after four years, some of our original clients still come along for the company and the ambience. It is good to know that we have a place where people feel safe and welcome.
After our session at the hall, some of the volunteers attended a meeting at the Ridge to meet with Ridge personnel and also the East Lothian Food Bank. We work very closely with the Ridge and it was interesting to discuss with the East Lothian Foodbank as to how we can work closer together. We are not in competition with each other as we have the same aim - to make sure no-one is without food at a difficult time in their lives.
Our stocks are quite healthy at the moment. WE HAVE A PASTA MOUNTAIN, A BEAN MOUNTAIN AND A CEREAL MOUNTAIN AT PRESENT, SO PLEASE DEFER FROM DONATING THESE ITEMS AT PRESENT.
WE WOULD WELCOME DONATIONS OF HOT DOGS, DRIED RICE AND MEATBALLS.
Thank you all so much for your continued support. Our soup and baking rota is now up and running again and we continue to be grateful to the folks who make soup or bake for us on a regular basis.
God bless you all, Anne
Donations for the Food Bank will be taken on Sunday 11th February. I have received our "Food Bank Buddy" letter as follows:-
Once again, a quieter week, client wise. However, we are still receiving new referrals every week.
We had the chance of re-organising our stock so that we make sure we can keep an eye on dates. It is quite a bit easier now that we can keep most of stock downstairs.Some items we still have loads of i.e. SOUP, BEANS, CEREAL, TEA, COFFEE, BABY PRODUCTS. PLEASE DO NOT DONATE THESE ITEMS FOR THE IMMEDIATE FUTURE.
WE COULD DO WITH MORE IRISH STEW, CHILLI CON CARNE, DILUTING JUICE AND SUGAR.
Many thanks for your continued support. We now have collection bins in the Library, Asda, Be Green, Cooperative, St. Anne's Church, Our Lady of the Waves, Spott Church, Dunbar Parish Church and Church Hall.
Take care of yourselves, one and all. It is hard to believe that we are into February already. January always seems to be such a long month. However, the days are beginning to stretch a bit more every day.
God bless you all. Regards, Anne
Thanks from the Food Bank Team (Wednesday 17th January)
Christine Gray handed in the Spott Church Food Bank donations that were given by the Congregation on Sunday 14th January, and tells me they weighed 24.3 kg which is 53.5 Lbs or just short of 4 stones. The Basics Food Bank Team were very grateful for your donations and Christine tells me that the "FB Team" are an incredibly nice group of committed people and that she will try and arrange for one of them to come to one of our Sunday morning services to explain a bit more of what happens there each Wednesday lunchtime. Perhaps one or two of our members could help out occasionally???
Anne Creedican from the Basics Food Bank Team has e-mailed to say that :-
This is the latest E-mail from the Dunbar Basics Food Bank Team
We have been overwhelmed with the huge amount of donations over the last few weeks. The response has been beyond our expectations. All of our clients and some of our very dear friends received a lovely Christmas Hamper over and above their usual bags of food. All thanks to our wonderful donors.
Our Christmas Day lunch went down a treat. We fed over 30 folks, including 2 Syrian families who were welcomed warmly by everyone there. Santa paid a visit and everyone received a lovely present. It was a very special way to spend Christmas Day and one that I am sure will be repeated next year. If any of you are on Facebook, please check out Fraser Stewart's blog on the Christmas Day lunch. It is well worth a read.
We had a break on Wednesday 27th but were back to normal yesterday. Not as many clients but still very busy.
We have managed to catch up with the sorting out of all the donations. To that end, PLEASE DO NOT DONATE BEANS, SOUP, DRIED PASTA, TOOTH BRUSHES, TOOTHPASTE, SOAP OR TUNA.
We could use donations of tinned ravioli, macaroni, irish stew, spaghetti bolognese and chilli con carne.
Once again, our sincere thanks for all your support. May 2018 bring happiness, good health and many blessings to you all.
The next "Food Bank Donation" at Spott Church will be on Sunday 10th December 2017. They always need donations of TINNED MEATS and FISH (not Tuna), TOILET ROLLS, CURRY SAUCE, WASHING POWDER/GEL/TABLETS and could also do with donations of COFFEE.
In addition to the foregoing, they also try to make up some Christmas Hampers at this time of year, and they would appreciate the usual festive fayre if we can e.g. tinned ham, salmon, Christmas pudding, shortbread, chocolate, fruit juice/Schloer, nibbles, crackers, nice biscuits, children's selection boxes, nice toiletries etc. If we have families with children we try to get age appropriate toys though we won't know exact requirement just yet.
A big thank you to you all for your Foodbank donation last Sunday. (12th November 2017)
Christine Gray handed over 40 kg of food (that is 6.25 stones in old money) which I think is a magnificent contribution from our small church.
Our next "Spott Foodbank donation" will be on Sunday 10th December. I believe that some Christmas hampers are also made up in addition to the normal food parcels consequently, I shall seek advice from Maureen Croft on items that will be suitable for these hampers in addition to the required items for the basic food stockpile.
Once again, thank you all for your most generous donations to the Foodbank.
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