Chiltern foodbank is an initiative set up by members of St. Mary’s, Chesham in January 2011 and is supported by churches throughout the Chiltern District area and Wendover. We are a member of the Trussell Trust Foodbank Network.
The aim of foodbanks is to provide people in crisis with three days’ food in order to help them over the initial stages of difficulty, before other help is available. Clients can have up to three foodboxes within any three month period. Food is distributed to people of all faiths and no faith and similarly all volunteers are welcome.
Chiltern foodbank works with referral partners who assess clients’ needs and issue vouchers to those in need. These referral partners include schools, churches, Job Centre Plus, CAB’s, Social Service teams and other agencies dealing with people in crisis.
All food distributed is non-perishable and is provided by schools, churches, community groups, individuals and corporate donors. Chiltern Foodbank is run entirely by volunteers at distribution centres in Amersham, Chesham, Little Chalfont and Wendover with the main distribution hub in Chesham, receiving food and making up foodboxes for all the distribution centres.
As Christians we are driven by Jesus’ teaching on poverty. We long to see lives transformed by turning this teaching into practical action.
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me…” (Matthew 25:35-36).