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Feeding those in need at Christmas
|Photos courtesy Alan Wilson and Jim Paterson|
Facts Friends provides food to those in need throughout the year,
through its foodbank, which operates out of St. Mungo's church hall
every Monday and Friday.
For Christmas they pulled out all the
stops to ensure more than 180 hungry souls enjoyed a Christmas
lunch, or received enough to make one themselves, or have it made
Christmas Lunch - 22 December
Food Facts Friends Christmas lunch was opened by Penicuik Town Crier
‘Mose’ who introduced our MSP Michelle Ballantyne, and
Midlothian MP Danielle Rowley. Both praised the work of Mark Wells and
his team of volunteers, many St. Mungo's church members, for the work
they do providing the foodbank and drop in centre to all those needing
help in our community.
The Rev John Urquhart told us of the real
meaning of Christmas, finishing with a short prayer giving thanks for
what we were about to receive.
Danielle from Pentland House accommodation for the homeless, joined us,
together with members of the Salvation Army Brass Band. They played
Christmas Carols while we enjoyed our meal.
A free raffle saw
many win prizes, with Penicuik Citizen of the Year, David Bennet,
collect an amazing Christmas hamper, one of several, donated by Forth
Demolition, a key supporter of the foodbank. Every child received a
present on their way home.
The St. Mungo's volunteer serving teamAbbie
Reid from Asda at Straiton, our main sponsor for this event, made a
special surprise visit to tell us that the foodbank had secured a
cheque from the Asda Foundation for £2000 in support of the good
work they are doing within our community.
you to all volunteers, many from St. Mungo's church, who prepared,
cooked and served the lunch, with help from local school seniors,
and other helpers. Many thanks to those who donated the food, making
the lunch a great success for all our visitors.
Christmas Eve Food Hampers and Parcels - 24 December
Facts Friends on Christmas Eve delivered Christmas food hampers and
parcels to over 50 people, many homeless, or not able to buy a
Hampers being filled before deliveryA
huge thank you to Rebecca and her team at Aldi Cameron Toll, who
provided a tonne, yes 1000kilo’s, of food at the end of their
Christmas Eve trading day. Over 20 fresh turkeys, plus vegetables
(potatoes, carrots, broccoli, courgettes), fruit and bread. Each hamper
weighed in at 35 Kilo’s.
to all the volunteers who turned out at St. Mungo’s church hall
to empty the van load from Aldi, fill the hampers, and reload them into
the van for delivery to those in need in and around Penicuik..
delight on the support workers faces at the sight of our deliveries,
providing a Christmas meal where there was none, was truly humbling.
Without people like Mark Wells and his foodbank team there would be
precious little to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ on Christmas Day
for these needy people.
you to all those who donate to us throughout the year. People are
starving on our doorstep. You don’t have to go far to find
someone who has no idea where their next meal will come from. In 2017
this should not be happening. But sadly it is.
Food Facts Friends. Helping to ease the hunger and pain, across Midlothian.
Boxing Day Bonanza - 26 December
providing Christmas food hampers and parcels to over 50 people, many
homeless, in time for Christmas Day, what to do with the food we had
Provide a Boxing day meal, of course
St. Mungo's member and foodbank leader Mark Wells with another delivery Fresh vegetables and bread provided that day to the homeless in Penicuik. Then off to Nicolson
Street Edinburgh to deliver vegetables, salad and fruit to the Crisis
centre, helping to feed over 30 homeless people that day, looking for
their next meal.
Onward to Leith and the Sisters belonging to
Missionaries of Charity. They welcomed the remainder of our vegetables,
fruit and salad, together with a few dozen loaves of bread. They are
also feeding families in need this Christmas.
stop, the Sisters of Mercy at St Catherine’s Convent in
Lauriston. Here they run a Homeless Project offering friendship and
practical support to homeless and disadvantaged people. They welcomed
the last bread we had on the van, some 30 loaves.
but not least, a final thank you to Clark Commercials at Bilston, who
provided one of their largest vans on a free hire, after hearing what
we would use it for over the Christmas period. Thanks to Louise, Sheila
and the team who organised this for us.
Without it we could
never have moved the tonnes of food donated by Aldi and Costco to our
foodbank, and these other organisations feeding those in need in our
Food Facts Friends. Helping to make Christmas a time of celebration, for all those in need.
Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas.
The foodbank reopens Friday December 29th @ 10am.
Published - 27 December 2017