Thursday, September 24, 2009

Foodbank Launch

Last night we had the community wide launch for the Bracknell Foodbank. It was an excellent evening, with a wide cross section of community representatives coming to hear about what the foodbank has to offer. Many of them commented that this was something Bracknell has needed for some time, and all seemed willing and keen to partner with us on it.

What most excited me was the relationship we now have with many of the organisations, including the council, in our community. There was a time that we were viewed, as a faith based organisation, with a measure of suspicion but it seems that we've now, through ministries like Konnections, Hilltop and CAP, proved that we don't just talk the talk but we walk the walk as well.

Thanks to everyone who helped make the evening happen, to everyone who has been praying for it, and to all of you who just by being part of our community make it possible for us to launch out into new ministries like this. This morning the foodbank officially opens its doors for the first time, I'm looking forward to hearing the stories of the people we are able to serve.



Stuart said...

Simon, at life group this week some people were unsure why we needed to sign up to a Trussel Trust franchise. I assume there is some added value that they provide, but we have not heard about what they do so could not answer their concerns.

Simon Benham said...

Hi Stuart,

That's a very good question, to which I'll try and give some coherent answers :-)

First to say I don't think franchise is a great word to use, as that implies something like opening a MacDonalds, although franchise was the word we used on Sunday. I'd prefer to use the word partnership, more akin to what we do with CAP and Tearfund.

By partnering with the Trussell trust we get the benefit of their years of experience of running foodbanks all around the country. We don't have to try and reinvent the wheel asking questions such as what should we put in a food pack, how do we decide who to give it to, how to get the food and how to store it. That has allowed us to get our food bank up and running in a matter of months, and in reality at a lower cost than would have been possible if we'd set it up on our own.

Hope that answers the question. If not come back again!