Foodbank Donations Required - donation tubs are in Asda, McColls, and both Coop stores. 

 

(Letter from Anne 01/01/2021)

Happy New Year to one and all.

 

Finally, we can say goodbye to 2020 which has been a challenging year, to say the least. Families have been devastated by loss. Loss of family, friends, jobs, income, freedom to go out, come and go as we please. Loneliness

has become a major concern, especially for older folks having to shield and not seeing anyone for weeks, months on end. Lots of people are being affected by mental health problems due to uncertainty of what the future may hold.

 

However, there have been some positives. We have learned just how much we take for granted; freedoms, friends, contacts to name but a few. Physical contact of a handshake, a pat on the back, a cuddle - all are not allowed at present. Zoom and Facetime are not the same, but we should be glad we have these facilities to help keep us in touch. 

 

At Foodbank, the Core Team have been operating on different days to keep us all safe. We have been so fortunate to have built up a team of volunteers to help with weighing, sorting, packing and delivering for our clients. We are deeply indebted to them all as we could never have done it on our own. Grateful thanks and appreciation goes to them all.

 

We are also immensely grateful for the response of our wonderful community of Dunbar and the surrounding area. Our stocks have been kept healthy and whenever we have requested items, they have appeared in our bins. Our thanks to Asda, both Coops, McColls and our local churches who have helped collect these donations.

 

Christmas Day ran smoothly due to careful planning. 120 lunches and gifts were packed up and then distributed by another team of drivers. Everyone who helped out felt a great sense of pride at being part of such a wonderful gesture on Christmas Day. Foodbank, The Ridge and Dunbar Rotary came together and made Christmas more special for a lot of people around town.

 

Our thanks to each and every one of you for your donations, thoughts and prayers. We bless you all for your support and pray it will continue as we move forward into 2021.

 

Please know just how much a difference just even one tin in a bin can make.

 

Blessings to you all.

 

Anne

 

 

 

Foodbank Donations Required  - Donation tubs are in Asda, McColls, and both Coop stores. 

Donations of the following items:

TINNED MACARONI, TINNED SPAGHETTI, STOCK CUBES, LENTILS/PULSES, CEREAL, SIZE 5 NAPPIES AND BABY WIPES.

Donation tubs are in Asda, McColls, and both Coop stores. 

Please see Ann`s email  16/10/2020

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Good afternoon, everyone.

Sorry, it has been a while since my last update. We are eternally grateful for all your continued support.

Client numbers are once again on the increase, just as we thought they would be. We are pleased to be able to offer our clients the support they need. We are missing the Wednesday cafe and our regulars who enjoyed fellowship with us and the friends they met every week. No end in sight at present, though.

We are in need of donations of the following items: TINNED MACARONI, TINNED SPAGHETTI, STOCK CUBES, LENTILS/PULSES, CEREAL, SIZE 5 NAPPIES AND BABY WIPES. Our donation tubs are in Asda, McColls, and both Coop stores. 

We have been offered textiles, clothes etc but unfortunately, we are not able to accept these. Please pass this information onto others who may wish to help in this way.

As a Core Team, we hold a Zoom meeting each week to keep ourselves up to date with everyone and how things are going. Your continued prayers are much appreciated.

Many, many thanks to you all. Dunbar is a very caring community and we do know that without your generosity, we would not be able to do what we do.

Regards to you all.

Anne

The Foodbank requires donations of Fray Bentos Pies, tinned haggis, tinned mince, tinned ham, jars of curry sauce and shower gel.

 
PLEASE DO NOT DONATE PASTA, CEREAL OR BEANS AT PRESENT.
 
Many thanks for all your continued support.

Please see Ann`s email below. 04/06/2020

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Good evening, everyone,

 
It is with a very heavy heart that I give you the sad news that Gail Stevenson, our minister, Gordon's wife lost her fight with cancer yesterday. Please pray for Gordon, the children, her father and sister and the extended family.
 
Foodbank continues to be busy with still new referrals every week.
 
We need donations of Fray Bentos Pies, tinned haggis, tinned mince, tinned ham, jars of curry sauce and shower gel.
 
PLEASE DO NOT DONATE PASTA, CEREAL OR BEANS AT PRESENT.
 
Many thanks for all your continued support.
 
Blessings to you all.
 
Anne

Foodbank request. The foodbank are desperate need of size 6 nappies or Pull-Ups.

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Ann`s email 9th May 2020

Hi everyone,


We are in desperate need of size 6 nappies or Pull-Ups.

Please help if you can. Bins in Asda and Big Coop or I will be at the Parish Church Hall on Monday (11th May) from 10.30 until 11.30.

Many thanks

Regards,

Anne

Rev Fred Harrison

Members will be interested to learn that Rev Fred Harrison is currently covering for Rev Gordon Stevenson, Dunbar Parish Church (DPC), during a spell of leave.

The following article on Fred’s walking challenge with proceeds going to Dunbar Basics Foodbank was posted on the DPC website: www.dunbarparishchurch.org/

“Our assistant minister's walking challenge How did it all start? It all started when he (Fred) found himself walking round his garden, on the first day of social isolation. He discovered 50 laps of his garden was equivalent to a mile. The challenge became to walk a marathon before Easter (in his own back garden?). A short time later the first person had pledged money that will go to the Dunbar Basics Bank. Latest update: Rev Fred has only 560 laps to go. Not bad! If you would like to pledge money, please contact Fred or go onto his Just Giving page

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/Corvid-19-marathon-walk?utm_term=ARBxDWgJV

Thanks again to all my supporters and well-wishers. Lets all keep up the good work and keep safe.”

While Spott Church is closed due to the corona virus lockdown, donations to the foodbank can continue to be dropped off in donation drums at the following locations: -

ASDA Supermarket, Spott Road, Dunbar, EH42 1LE

Co-operative Superstore, Countess Crescent, Dunbar, EH42 1DX

Or, you may care to drop off donations at the Foodbank in Dunbar Parish Church Hall, off the High Street, on Fridays between 10.15 am and 13.15 pm.

If you would like to be kept up to date with Basics Bank news and also receive a weekly updated shopping list, which takes into account current stock levels, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Food bank Collection - Sunday 8th March

 

The next collection for the food bank will be held on Sunday 8th March. 

 

Ann requires all foods etc except the following:

DO NOT NEED AT PRESENT.

No donations of soup, beans, pasta required at present. 

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Anns Email 04/03/2020

Good evening, everyone,


What a busy day we had today! Loads of donations from a lot of our regular donators kept us busy sorting and arranging the stock. We are having a massive overhaul of how we keep on top of our storage, so our volunteers are putting in a lot of hard work and time to get everything easier to control.

Every client is receiving a lovely gift bag which we received from Belhaven Messy Church and they are much appreciated. The children at Messy Church enjoyed making them up and we love to give them out with their messages from the children on them.

We are busy working on our annual report and I shall share some more information from that next wee.

It is easier to say this week what we DO NOT NEED AT PRESENT.

No donations of soup, beans, pasta required at present. 

I thank you once more for your continued support.  

Today was a lovely day, weather-wise, and I think everyone felt uplifted by seeing the sun and no wind. Spring has maybe sprung at last.......

Regards,

Anne

Food Bank collection 09.02/2020. The basics food bank would welcome donations of:

TINNED VEGETABLES, BUT MOSTLY CARROTS AND PEAS,
TINNED MACARONI
CURRY SAUCES
TINNED MEAT, BUT NOT HAM OR CORNED BEEF
TOILET ROLLS
LENTILS
COFFEE

 

Please see Ann`s email below 05/02/2020

Good evening, everyone,

 
Can you believe that we are about to celebrate 6 years of Basics Bank? I have a feeling that we will be going for quite a few years yet!
 
Our cafe was busy at times today. Our clients all seemed to arrive at once, so we had three teams making up bags for them. We are also busy sorting out our storage problems, but the future looks bright. We wait in hope......
 
Our stocks are in good shape, for the most part, but WE REALLY NEED DONATIONS OF THE FOLLOWING ITEMS:-
 
TINNED VEGETABLES, BUT MOSTLY CARROTS AND PEAS,
TINNED MACARONI
CURRY SAUCES
TINNED MEAT, BUT NOT HAM OR CORNED BEEF
TOILET ROLLS
LENTILS
COFFEE
 
Thank you immensely for your continued support through donations, volunteering to bake, make soup and prayers.
 
Regards,
 
Anne
 
P.S. If you are one of our prayer warriors, please include our storage problems in your prayers. Thank you