Foodbank Updates

Hi All
Some good news to begin with – we have now moved into lovely premises in Newark; 21 Cartergate NG24 3UA. It`s a fully equipped building, light, attractive and welcoming, with wall heaters to keep everyone warm. Our exciting new
project, the social supermarket, called THE MARKET is starting off slowly,
and we`re praying for God`s guidance as to the best way of running this
new venture for the benefit of those people who may not need Foodbank
help but are “just about managing to cope”. This new way of getting essentials will help people to budget and save money.

The Market has been running now for one month and at the moment is
open one day a week. Twenty households are now signed up to benefit,
and this number increases every week. Members pay a small fee and this
entitles them to come to the Market once every two weeks and choose
from a wide variety of staple food produce, household items and stock
which is either just about to be, or is out of date. Some new volunteers
have been recruited, please pray that they settle in well. There are now
two teams and over the next month we hope to move to opening twice a
week, different days to the Foodbank.

Clients visiting the Foodbank and the Market are usually going through
hard and difficult periods of their lives, and we do pray for them to feel welcomed and to feel that they can chat to volunteers. Please pray for an
open atmosphere where, if people are lonely they can find a listening ear,
someone who cares about them and wants to help. For those who are
concerned about finances and an uncertain future, that they can offload
their worries and be able to find God`s peace and hope. One woman who
came in opened up about the dreadful time she had with her daughter`s
special educational needs, and although that was being sorted, life was
emotionally very hard for her. We were able to find some helpful sensory
foods which just told her that we cared. The Foodbank and the Market are
wonderful places to cater for people`s emotional and spiritual needs and to
be able to share God`s love with them.

We thank God for all our volunteers in every department and we really
value their commitment. They`re still using their own vehicles to come to
work, collect donations and deliver food parcels to those who are unable
to collect them – please pray that petrol prices come down soon.

We would appreciate your prayers also for the new helpers working in the
warehouse and for those who have joined the teams in the Foodbank and
the Market. Pray for their physical strength and protection, and that those
who come into contact with our clients would be able to share God`s love
with them. Wonderful though it is to have so many great volunteers, we do
still need more bag packers to make up another team, so please pray for
three more helpers to bag pack on a Tuesday.

We ask God`s blessing on everyone concerned with the Foodbank and
the Market, those who volunteer, donate money and/or goods, pray, are
part of the senior management team or sit on the steering group. We`re
so thankful for the generosity of people who continue to give even though
the cost of living is at a record high. Demand for the Foodbank and the
Market will inevitably increase over the next few months and we`re looking at being able to support our clients even more in the future by helping
those in Fuel Poverty. Please keep us in your prayers as we try and develop these initiatives further.

A final prayer request is for peace and an end to the war and atrocities in
Ukraine, and to pray that those Ukrainians who wish to do can find safety
and help in the UK, which help may involve using Foodbanks all over the
country.

Prayer is absolutely key to all that we`re doing, and we`re so thankful to
you, our amazing Prayer Partners. “May the God of hope fill you with all
joy and peace as you trust in Him, and may you overflow with hope by the
power of the Holy Spirit”. Romans chapter 15 verse 13.
Thankyou so much for your continued support.
Sue Eddowes