Church in the Community
THE FOOD BANK
Nine volunteers currently man the Food Bank. The area covered is Jedburgh and its large rural hinterland, the Ancrum area and St Boswells and Newtown St Boswells. It is an area where many recipients without a car would not be able to access the food bank in Jedburgh and for that reason Jedburgh Food bank delivers parcels to clients.
Food donations are received at three drop off points in the town and also in each of the supporting churches. In addition, local schools and events such as the Jedburgh Ultra Marathon also donate food items.
Like all other food banks, we are experiencing an ever rising demand for food which began with the introduction of changes to the benefits system . In order to meet that need, we have joined the Fare Share Scheme of redistributing excess supermarket food. This is run by the Cyrenians in Edinburgh and costs about 40 pounds a month. This cost is covered my money donations.
The Food Parcels
Recipients are referred to the food bank by local agencies which recognise their need for help. The food bank has given well over 1000 parcels in 7 years. 2019 was the busiest year yet, 222 parcels handed over. This year looks to be busier still. In the first 6 weeks on 2020 one hundred people, adults and children received food. That amounted to 2,400 food items. By March we will have needed about 3000 more items of food.
A parcel is designed to last 3 to 4 days, with approximately 24 items, four of which are fresh foods. A family parcel contains extra items for children.
The size of the problem
That is the size of the problem in this thinly populated rural area. It is quite a responsibility to run a food bank and to be the last resort before someone goes hungry for days at a time. It keeps you awake at night, thinking of the situations you encounter, especially the children. And when you enter the store to find that some items are low or out of stock, you panic a bit …….and pray a fair bit more!
JEDBURGH OLD & TRINITY CHURCH HALLS
KENMORE HALL has a range of facilities for events, meetings and classes, for groups large and small.
On the upper floor is a large hall with a stage, kitchen and servery.
On the ground floor is a range of flexible smaller rooms, a small kitchen and toilets.
The halls have full disabled access: Ramp, Lift, Disabled Toilet.
A well as church use for services, meetings and catered events, the halls are currently let for such activities as Exercise Groups, Playgroup, Country Dancing, Tai Chi, Walk-It group.
Information on lettings is available from The Session Clerk.