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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
 

Hello everyone,

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:-

Hello, everyone,

 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 :-

As we didn't have as many clients on Wednesday, we managed to do a heck of a lot of stock sorting regarding dates and organisation. This is a very important job which usually goes by the wayside when we are extremely busy.  It also allows us to see just what we need to stock up on and what we have sufficient supplies of.
 
To that end, we require donations of :- TINNED HAGGIS, IRISH STEW, STEWED STEAK, SPAGHETTI BOLOGNESE and RAVIOLI. We also need DILUTING JUICE and TOILET ROLLS.
 
WE DO NOT REQUIRE DONATIONS OF:- DRIED PASTA, TUNA, SOUP, BEANS, CEREAL, TOOTH BRUSHES, TOOTHPASTE, SHAMPOO, SHOWER GEL or NAPPIES
 
Your continued support means a lot to us. We had a lovely, unexpected donation of 16 x £10 vouchers for the local Butcher's shop so, as well as receiving fresh fruit, vegetables and bread each week, our clients can now purchase fresh meat.