Food Banks and Church Planting

In the last few years the Holy Spirit has initiated all sorts of community engagement projects that respond to needs in society. Other examples would be Street Pastors and CAP Centres. Christians have been at the forefront of expressing the compassion of Christ in practical ways in these sorts of initiatives.

Because the Holy Spirit is not only interested in responding to human need but also redeeming human beings by bringing them into relationship with Jesus, many of these initiatives have ended up planting church. One delightful example was where the child of a mother collecting at a food bank happened to respond to the produce given by calling out ‘My mum makes a mean curry’. The quick thinking bank volunteer responded by asking the mother if she would come and cook to build community with other clients. This was the first step to what emerged as a fresh expression of church.

Here is some general information if God is calling you to respond to this particular social need.

Upload this app to help support the network of hundreds of food banks across the UK.Foodbank

Choose your local Foodbank from the list and the app will automatically update itself with the information from your selected Foodbank.

The shopping list is updated regularly by your local Foodbank team and highlights those items most needed.

Updates and stories from your local Foodbank are also downloaded direct to the app to keep supporters informed of news.

Notifications are also used to notify supporters of new updates from the Foodbank team and also if the Foodbank is low on stock of certain food items.

Supporters can now also donate financially to their chosen Foodbank via this app using JustGiving. Donations are routed through ‘Network Church Sheffield’ as the umbrella charity which then distributes the funds to the specified Foodbank.

We really want this app to be effective and enhance the work of the Foodbanks – we welcome your feedback!

More information about Foodbanks…

1 in 5 people are living below the poverty line in the UK.

Every day, near where you live there are families struggling to put food on the table.

For people on low incomes, a sudden crisis – redundancy, benefit delay or even an unexpected bill – can mean going hungry.

Every day parents skip meals to feed their children and people are forced to choose between paying the rent and eating.

More Fruit from Foodanks

Some food banks here led to new faith communities being planted: From meeting client needs led to clients cooking for one another, to forming community, to sharing needs and praying, to exploring faith together.

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