The Foodbank, which opened in Orpington in 2010, is part of a national network of foodbanks which give out emergency food to people in crisis who have nowhere else to turn. Clients are referred to the Foodbank by local care professionals who provide them with a voucher. The voucher is exchanged for up to 3 days’ worth of nutritionally balanced food supplies to help them through the crisis. Just as importantly, they also receive a cup of tea or coffee, a listening ear and signposting to other professionals who can help them.
The Foodbank is supported by churches across the Borough of Bromley, by businesses, schools and by individual members of the public. It is one simple practical way in which we can enable God’s compassion to be shown in our community. Donations of food can be left in the collection boxes in church – details of the most urgent needs are given each week in the weekly notices.
Orpington Food Bank was the first in Bromley Borough, but as demand grew new branches were opened. Bromley Borough Food Bank now has branches in Orpington, Central Bromley, and Orpington.
The Orpington food bank is based at Oak Community Church, 345 Chipperfield Road,
St Paul’s Cray BR5 2LJ. Opening hours are: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10.00am – 2.00pm
More information www.bromleyborough.foodbank.org.uk
Telephone: 01689 823568
(during opening hours)
During the pandemic all the centres are currently closed, with the exception of the Bromley warehouse. Clients are being served via a delivery service from the warehouse.
At the current time financial donations are encouraged, but we hope to resume collections of food and toiletries once the church reopens. In the meantime, if anyone has a largish quantity of non perishable food to donate, if they contact the Parish Office we canarrange for it to be taken to the warehouse.