Something to chirp about

We are pleased to have received our second batch of surplus eggs from Hare Farm in Twyford. Many of our clients are thrilled to receive this fresh, nutritious addition to our standard list of food and you can do so much with them! So thank you Hare Farm – we hope your happy hens continue to lay in great quantity!

Easter Arrangements

Please note that our Milland Road premises will be closed on Good Friday – 3rd April 2015. We will be open as usual on Thursday 2 April from 10am to 1pm at St Barnabas Church, Fromond Road, Weeke.

AGM 2015

Our Annual General Meeting will take place on Tuesday 31 March 2015 at St Peter’s Pastoral Centre, Jewry Street, Winchester. The meeting will commence at 16:15 and will be followed by a short talk from Matt Wilkinson, Operations Manager at FareShare Southern Central. Please email us at winchbbank@gmail,com if you would like to attend and we will send you an agenda and a copy of the minutes of last year’s meeting.

Newsletter – January 2015

Thank you!

Christmas sparkle

Once again we are indebted to so many individuals, businesses and other organisations who have helped us to make Christmas an enjoyable time for so many who are experiencing hardship for one reason or another. We have been able to provide Christmas treats with our December food parcels, gifts for  the children of our clients (courtesy of the Hampshire Chronicle Toy Appeal) and we have been the beneficiaries of the proceeds from several Christmas concerts and events. The support that we receive is just amazing and we are extremely grateful.

Update on ClothingDonation of clothes

Owing to pressures on space at our premises in Milland Road, we regret that we can no longer accept donations of children’s clothing, bedding or other household items. We will continue to offer a small range of men’s and women’s clothing and would discourage large quantities of unsorted items in black bin liners. We thank you for your understanding.

Looking back at 2014

Another busy year for us. Over the past twelve months we supplied 14887 days of food. December was exceptionally busy and we served 16% of the total number of clients during this month.

The total number of clients provided with food rose from 2936 to 3032, an increase of just over 3% on 2013. The number of children and families provided with assistance, however, grew by 8% and 7% respectively.

Items in Short Supply

Following our hectic Christmas period and fairly busy start to the New Year, we are currently low on stocks of tinned meat and UHT milk. Donations of either of these would be greatly welcomed. Don’t forget that you can leave items in our trolleys at Sainsbury’s in Middlebrook Street and Badger Farm as well as at the new collection point in Waitrose, Weeke. Thank you for your support!

New collection point added!

We are delighted to announce that there is now a permanent collection point for donations of food at the Waitrose store in Stockbridge Road, Weeke. The collection basket is located next to the Community Matters ‘green token’ bins near the door. We anticipate that most of the food donated at this location will be used to stock our St Barnabas distribution outlet which is also in Weeke.  We are very grateful to Waitrose for their support with this very local initiative.

Clothing Update

Owing to pressures on space at our premises in Milland Road, we regret that we can no longer accept donations of children’s clothing, bedding or other household items. We will continue to offer a small range of men’s and women’s clothing and would discourage large quantities of unsorted items in black bin liners. We thank you for your understanding.

Christmas Opening Arrangements 2014

Please note the following arrangements for our distribution points over the Christmas period:

Milland Road

Tuesday 23 December 10:00 – 15:00

Friday 26 December – closed

Tuesday 30 December 10:00 – 12:30

Friday 2 January 10:00 – 15:00

St Barnabas Church, Weeke

Thursday 25 December  – closed

Thursday 1 January – closed

Christmas wreath

Newsletter – November 2014

Harvest Report

We are delighted to report that we have had an excellent response to our Harvest Appeal yet again. This year we have been supported by over 50 churches, schools and other organisations and our store cupboards are looking extremely healthy. We are so grateful for this vital support which means we are well-placed to meet demand for another year.Harvest logo

Waitrose Weekend

Waitrose collection October

Many thanks to all those who volunteered some of their time over the weekend of 18 and 19 October  to hand out shopping lists to the customers at Waitrose in Weeke, to those who donated and also to  the partners at the store who were very supportive. The response was great and we estimate that we  collected enough food to provide a five days of food to around 85 people. The weather was very kind  to us too!

 

Do You Shop Online?

Did you know that you can help Basics Bank whilst you are doing your Christmas shopping? All you need to do is visit our Easyfundraising page, register and then click through to one of the 2700+ retailers. Any purchases that you make in this way will attract a donation from the retailer at no cost to you! You can find a link to our page on the Donate page of the website.

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Tesco/FareShare Event

The neighbourhood food collection takes place on Thursday 27th, Friday 28th and Saturday 29th November. As a Community Food Member we are taking part at the Tesco Extra store in Winchester (Winnall). If you can spare a couple of hours to help us, please register via the web page below: http://www.fareshare.org.uk/food-collection-2014/  TescoFareShare basket

Christmas Treats

We are always pleased to receive seasonal donations in the run up to Christmas. It is a delight to witness the surprise and gratitude on our clients’ faces when we are able to include a special box of chocolates or biscuits with the food parcels in December. present

Newsletter – September 2014

Partnering with FareShare

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We are delighted to be a partner organisation of FareShare Southern Central, which opened in Southampton in April 2014. This means that, not only do we benefit from all the tins and packets donated via the twice-yearly neighbourhood food collections at Tesco stores, we are also able to take advantage of weekly deliveries of fresh and chilled goods. Much of what we receive has been rejected by the local supermarket distribution centres before it has even reached the stores. It is wonderful to be able to offer our clients items such as eggs, yoghurts and cheese. FareShare is a national organisation which fights poverty and tackles food waste, by redistributing it to its partner organisations. Take a look at http://www.fareshare.org.uk/ for more information.

Hand up, not hand out

food up front

We are pleased to be working with Seb Mayfield of Food Up Front. Seb is carrying out a research exercise with our partners, clients and the local community to gauge the opportunities and needs for grassroots projects in Winchester that help build a more food secure community. The aim is to reduce the number of people who find themselves in the desperate position of having to visit the food bank. For more information visit http://foodupfront.org/

Holiday lunch scheme

Lunch food

Hats off to one of our volunteers who came up with the brilliant idea of offering more support to our local families during the summer holiday. Our board of trustees were pleased to endorse this pilot scheme, which has seen the Basics Bank provide items of lunch food over the six week break, to school-aged children referred to us by a small group of schools. It can be a real struggle for some families, especially if they have five or six children, to find those extra meals out of term time. Hopefully our scheme has provided some relief for them and perhaps even enabled them to give the children a few holiday experiences that they wouldn’t otherwise have been able to afford.

Harvest appeal 2014

Tin

We are very grateful to the schools and churches that have already pledged to support us at Harvest Festival. We rely on this annual event for the bulk of our food stock. This year we would particularly love to boost our supplies of: tinned fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, sweet and savoury spreads, coffee, biscuits, custard and rice pudding. Thank you for your support!

Newsletter April 2014

First Quarter Stats

In the first three months of 2014, we have helped at total of 844 people (184 families, 324 men, 235 women and 285 children). This is up from 654 people over the same period in 2013 – an increase of 29%. Although it is a struggle we are just about managing to meet demand, and this is all due to the fantastic support that we continue to receive from our volunteers, local church congregations, schools and businesses. A big thank you to you all.

Working with Alresford

We are trying hard to make our service as accessible as possible to those people who live in the outlying areas of the Winchester district, but sometimes we can’t do it all by ourselves and need a helping hand from the communities themselves. An excellent example of this is the work that has been going on in Alresford. There are people in this area and its surrounding villages who need our help just as much as those who live anywhere else, but they sometimes find it hard either to obtain a food voucher, or struggle to come into Winchester to collect food. We are really pleased that the Alresford Rotary Club have a list of volunteers who can collect food for Alresford residents and deliver it to their homes at the request of our agents. On the opposite side of the coin, Churches Together in Alresford have teamed up with the local Co-op store in West Street, to provide a trolley where people can leave donations of food for us to redistribute to the needy. The photo shows some of the group at the recent ‘trolley launch’.

Co-op trolley

Waitrose Food Collection

Thanks also to everyone who supported our food collection at the Waitrose store in Weeke on the last weekend in March. A trusty band of volunteers, which included several of the Waitrose partners, helped to collect an amazing 63 crates of food. We estimate that this was enough to provide five days of food to about 80 clients – a fabulous achievement!

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