Bewbush Christmas Foodbank Appeal

A Christmas Wishlist

It’s that time of year again! The time when some of us have got all the ingredients ready for stir-up Sunday, some have been panicked by an article that says the UK may have run out of Quality Streets by Christmas so are stockpiling ……and some are choosing between heating and eating. The time when some have already written their Christmas cards, some are promising themselves that this will be the year when they actually do……and some don’t have a permanent address that a card can be sent to.  It’s also the time of year when I start asking for big favours!

Cuckfield and the congregation of Holy Trinity have managed to keep the Bewbush Food Bank going throughout the pandemic, sadly the demand has continued to increase. I am so very grateful to those that have left boxes of food on my doorstep, stuck envelopes through my letterbox or transferred funds. I so rarely say thank you I know, in part because so many of the donations are anonymous.  My stocks are running low though so I’m asking for your help once again. 

What do I stick in a food parcel? Well I’ve fine-tuned it now. Each parcel is just about enough to feed a family of four for a couple of days. I’ll include a couple of meals, for example ingredients to make a tuna and sweetcorn pasta bake along with a Frey Bentos pie, instant mash and peas. Some cereal, fruit juice, long-life milk and jam does for breakfast. It’s beans on toast for lunch (minus the toast as bread doesn’t keep especially well in my garage!). I will add in some tinned fruit and custard if I have it, or maybe some instant whip. Admittedly it isn’t the most nutritious of food parcels but it keeps well and it does the trick! When I can, I top it up with fresh fruit and vegetables. For Christmas it is so lovely when I can add extras, tasty biscuits, chocolate coins, that sort of thing and, importantly, I need sturdy bags to put it all in. I tend to use the bags for life from local supermarkets. 

Can you help? I’d be so grateful.

Donations of food or money can be dropped off at my home: 8 Leyton Lea.

Bank transfers can also be made directly to the school’s bank account. Please could you label it “Welfare Fund” or let me know so we can make sure it is properly distributed:  

Sort Code: 309238 
Account Number: 54749260 
Account Name: The Bewbush Academy

With my very best wishes for a very happy Christmas,

Rebecca Anderson