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Our food bank donations will be gathered on Sunday 7th October at our Harvest Thanksgiving Service. The latest "Food bank Buddy e-mail" from Anne is as follows for information:-

Good evening, everyone.

 
A very windy, but warm day today. However, we still had a buzz in the back hall within our cafe. Two kinds of soup and lovely home baking as per usual.
 
For a few weeks running, we were giving out more food than we were receiving in. However, with a quieter day today client wise, the opposite happened and our stocks are being given a chance to recover. We are also very grateful for donations from schools and churches Harvest Festivals. 
 
We could do with donations of the following items:-
TINS/PACKETS of CUSTARD, TINS OF CARROTS, DILUTING JUICE, DECAFFEINATED COFFEE, RICE MILK, RICE NOODLES, GLUTEN FREE PASTA AND GLUTEN FREE CEREAL.
 
WE DO NOT  REQUIRE DONATIONS OF - TOILETRIES, SOUP, BEANS!!!!!!!, BABY FOOD, NAPPIES, PET FOOD.
 
In the lead-up to Christmas, WE  DO NOT NEED LOADS OF SELECTION BOXES. 
 
Many, many thanks for your continued support in prayer and donations. It is much appreciated.
 
Regards to all,
 
Anne

FOOD BANK DONATION on Sunday 9th September2018 : 

Thank you to all who donated items for last week's Food Bank Appeal. A total of 46.7 kg (102.9 lbs) of goods were donated. The next donation date will be Sunday 7th October, and it will form part of the Harvest Thanksgiving Service.  

This is the e-mail sent from our Food bank buddy Anne:-

Good evening everyone. After a few days of no internet access, I am so pleased to be back on 

line.
 
We were extremely busy on Wednesday of this week. We didn't have our usual quota of volunteers and we had a few more clients than we anticipated having, some of whom arrived early, so we were playing "catch-up". However, we survived another week, thanks to all your prayers and support.
 
Our relationship with The Ridge is continuing to move forward. We encourage each other and we are able to direct clients to the help and support they need.
 
As most of you will be aware, we weigh in our donations and weigh out the food we give away. However, it is disappointing to note that our donations are falling short of our outgoings. We really need to keep up our stocks as the number of clients can go up at very short notice. PLEASE REMEMBER A TIN IN THE BIN can make a huge difference.
 
WE DESPERATELY REQUIRE DONATIONS OF SUGAR, TINNED MACARONI, TINNED SPAGHETTI, TINNED FISH, BISCUITS AND TINNED MEATS.
 
WE DO NOT NEED DONATIONS OF PET FOOD,   NAPPIES, BABY FOOD, BEANS, SOUP, SHAMPOO, TOOTHBRUSHES NOR TOOTHPASTE.
 
Please continue to spread the word re A TIN IN THE BIN. 
 
Thank you for your prayers and support.
 
Regards,
 
Anne

 This is a copy of our latest letter from our Foodbank Buddy Anne:-

 

Good afternoon everyone,

Still a lot of heat but also the blessing of some showers to cool us down. The gardens are loving the rain and it is so needed. We were unexpectedly busy yesterday with quite a few last-minute referrals. We ended up giving away twice as much food as we received! It goes to show just how important your donations are.

Our cafe area was buzzing with friends old and new. It is encouraging to see how our existing friends make new friends welcome and embrace them into the fellowship.

WE REQUIRE DONATIONS OF BISCUITS, SUGAR, JAM, TOILET ROLLS, CURRY SAUCE, SHAMPOO AND TINNED VEGETABLES.

WE DO NOT REQUIRE DONATIONS OF NAPPIES, BABY FOOD, PET FOOD, SOAP, SOUP, CEREAL  NOR BEANS.

Thank you so much for your continued support. It is so much appreciated.

God bless you all,     Anne

Our next Foodbank collection date will be on Sunday 10th June. I have copied Anne's Foodbank Buddy e-mail below:

 

Good afternoon, everyone,

Our cafe was as busy as ever on Wednesday. our clients and friends do enjoy a blether with each other.

Unfortunately, our donations are not meeting our outgoings at the moment. Our bins are situated in the Medical Centre, Asda, Coop, Hallhill, St Anne's Church, Our Lady of the Waves, Be Green, Dunbar Parish Church and Hall and Spott Church.

Please consider putting A TIN IN THE BIN. We could do with donations of TINNED MEATS, TINNED VEGETABLES, TINNED FRUIT, RAVIOLI, SPAGHETTI BOLOGNESE, TOOTHBRUSHES, WASHING POWDER/GEL/TABLETS. 

WE DO NOT REQUIRE DONATIONS OF SOUP, BEANS, CEREAL OR NAPPIES.

Thank you all so much for your continued support.

Regards,  Anne

 

This Sunday on 13th May 2018 is our “Foodbank Sunday” and the latest “Foodbank Buddy e-mail” suggests the following preferred items for donations: -

If you are able, please donate the following items:-

TINNED FRUIT, COFFEE, SUGAR, TINNED MEATS, BISCUITS AND CLEANING PRODUCTS.

WE DO NOT REQUIRE BABY PRODUCTS, TINS OF BEANS. DRIED PASTA, TOOTHBRUSHES, TOOTHPASTE OR SOAP.

We thank you sincerely to providing us with the very things we need each week.”

(Please do not panic if what you have bought for donating is not included in the foregoing red highlighted section since your donations will probably be needed in the coming week’s requirements, and this is Anne and Margaret’s way of trying to prevent certain items becoming over-stocked. Thank you all for your donations and giving your support to some less-fortunate members within our local community.)

Thank you all for your foodbank donations on 8th April which weighed in at 32kg. The latest foodbank buddy news letter from Anne is attached and our next "Foodbank Donation Sunday" will be on 13th May 2018.

 

Another week gone by. No rain this week, but oh it is so cold.

 
We had a very quiet week at Food Bank. Not so many clients, but we still gave out more weight of food than we took in. 
 
Margaret and I had the privilege of being able to attend Spott Church last Sunday to explain in a bit more detail just what our Basics Bank is all about. We were very pleased with the response. Spott Church has now become one of our regular donators. 
 
Our cafe was as busy as ever this week. It is lovely to see friends returning week after week to enjoy a bowl of soup, a cup of coffee and most of all the chat. The atmosphere is very welcoming and relaxing. 
 
WE COULD DO WITH TOPPING UP OUR SUPPLIES OF TINNED PIES, TINNED FRUIT, CURRY SAUCE, JAM AND HOT DOGS.
 
WE DO NOT NEED BEANS, SOUP, CEREAL, NAPPIES OR BABY FOOD.
 
Thank you so much for your continued support. We appreciate everyone of you.
 
Regards to all,
 
Anne
On Sunday 8th April, Margaret Croft and Anne Creedican will be coming to Spott Church to give us a better understanding of what happens at Dunbar Basics Foodbank. Who are their Clients? How are they referred? How long do they remain as Clients?  How are the Clients befriended and made to feel welcome?
 
 
Basically, all food received is weighed, sorted into "best before dates", then shelved for ready access in their store. Once that is done, an assessment of what food is in short supply and what food is in abundance can be seen, after which, they send out a "Foodbank Buddy e-mail" to all on thier list in order to try and redress the balance, typically as this month's email from Anne:-
 
Good morning everyone,
 
Let's hope we have seen the last of the snow, wind and cold and that Spring really has sprung. The bulbs are beginning to come out with some lovely crocus displays appearing around the town, with the daffodils following close behind.
 
We were not as busy as we expected to be yesterday. However, it gives us a chance to stock up our shelves and check dates on tins etc.
 
There were two pots of delicious soup on offer in the cafe and some wonderful home baking. We are grateful indeed to our volunteers who provide these week by week.
 
We could do with replenishing our stocks of TINNED VEGETABLES, TINS OF IRISH STEW, TINNED PIES 
( eg Steak Pies ) DRIED RICE, WASHING POWDER. CLEANING PRODUCTS AND TOILET ROLLS. 
 
WE DO NOT REQUIRE DONATIONS OF CEREAL, BEANS, SOUP, NAPPIES, BABY ITEMS, TOOTHBRUSHES AND TOOTHPASTE.
 
PLEASE DO NOT DONATE EASTER EGGS. WE ALREADY HAVE ENOUGH TO COVER THE NUMBER OF CLIENTS ON OUR BOOKS.
 
We continue to be grateful for your on-going support. We could not provide the service we are able to give without you. 
 
God bless you all.
 
Regards,
 
Anne