Earlier in the year, we found ourselves in conversations about foodbanks. We hadn't given much thought to foodbanks in the past. But through two different people we found ourselves discussing the need for a foodbank in the Colin neighbourhood and Andersonstown area.
After praying about the matter, we decided to partner with the Trussell Trust who support a network of over 400 foodbanks. Their expertise was invaluable in guiding and helping us set up the foodbank. We are thankful too to the board of the Stewartstown Road Regeneration Project who have allowed us to lease premises on the first floor of 124 Stewartstown Road (above Costcutter).
After months of planning, and a flurry of activity once we were able to move into the premises, we were pleased to open the foodbank on 24 November 2015.
How a foodbank works
The foodbank operates by the public donating food to the foodbank. Professional workers, who regularly work with those in crisis situations, referring those in food poverty to the foodbank. Clients exchange vouchers for foot at the foodbank. Clients are also offered sources of additional help, such as debt advice.
If you are interested in donating food or supporting financially, or volunteering at supermarket events or at the foodbank, please see the South-West Belfast foodbank website where more information and a contact page can be found.
A summary leaflet can be viewed of downloaded here too (pdf format).