St Augustine's, Dumbarton

Scottish Episcopal Church

Charity Number: SC002984


Food for Thought

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‘Supporting those in need in our area with emergency food aid, counselling, advocacy and guidance’

 

Mission Statement:

We aim to alleviate food poverty for the most vulnerable people in our community. We will do this through referral to ensure that those in most need receive the emergency assistance they require. This will be facilitated in a friendly non-judgemental and helpful manner.

 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT UPDATE

Food for Thought: May 2018

Support comes in many guises! 

We are very busy as usual this month as we continue to supply emergency food aid and welcome folk to Community Soup. All is well behind the scenes too as, after the departure of  Roddy Dyer due to him getting a job,  we have now welcomed a new volunteer to help support the project. Welcome Jo! It is a joy and a pleasure to have you with us.

On Friday four of us (two from Food for Thought and two from the Church) completed First Aid training which is both good for the Church as well as the project. It also ensures that there is now someone around with some knowledge to come to the rescue to any wee calamity!

Support for Food for Thought comes in many guises and I thought this month I would share some of the ways this Community and others support us…

Very generously a couple of members of our congregation give a regular monthly donation. This can easily done by standing order – and is money upon which we can rely. (Do ask for details if ever you fancy doing likewise!) Others in the community pop by on a regular basis to hand us a wee note or two and we appreciate this as well. Such committed giving is wonderful to behold and  is the backbone of our financial stability.

But that’s not the only way people support us – sometimes the support comes in very imaginative ways!

A few Saturdays ago, Duncan Shaw and his friends arranged a sponsored walk in aid of Food For Thought. They called during their epic walk to the Community Centre where Roberta and myself were pleased to offer them a well deserved roll’n’sausage and a coffee to see them on the last lap of their walk! As they walked from Clydebank to Balloch they were all dressed up (of course!) and must have turned some heads and started some conversations as they trooped along. Even the dug was dressed up as a frog! These were a group whom I had never met before – but here they were giving of their time and energy to raise money for our wee charity, amazing really!

 Then the Dowager Duchess of Argyll decided very kindly to send us fresh eggs laid by her chickens (and not one variety of chicken either!). Morag and her daughter brought them along with all the Harvest Festival food that was donated by the Church of Scotland in Inverary. How posh were we that our scrambled eggs that week were aristocratic!

 

Then the Dowager Duchess of Argyll decided very kindly to send us fresh eggs laid by her chickens (and not one variety of chicken either!). Morag and her daughter brought them along with all the Harvest Festival food that was donated by the Church of Scotland in Inverary. How posh were we that our scrambled eggs that week were aristocratic!

Every Friday W visits me for a 5 minute blether  and always brings the project something. 52 times a year she comes and always asks what we need for the next week. If she misses a week because she is on holiday she brings me double.

Christmas and Harvest bring the best out of people and each year we are literally inundated with food, gifts and money. This enables us to provide the fantastic Christmas giving marathon that we pull off every year.

Local schools and kids football teams and business’ and individuals, thank you all.

Whether its money, groceries, gifts or time, the beneficiaries are not only the people that we help – but also ourselves. Seeing the goodness and the kindness in people is such a privilege and makes me feel very humble. I am truly blessed to be part of it all.                                       

Caroline x

 

 

 

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