Helping the homeless

Would you like to help the homeless in Maidenhead and have been wondering what items to donate? Here’s everything listed you will need to create a care package, survival kit, or blessing bag. They can be donated to a number of charities in and around Maidenhead who help rough sleepers.
Maidenhead Foodshare provides snacks and hot drinks for rough sleepers during our opening times. Saturday 9-11am and Wednesday 6pm – 7pm.
If you would like to help us fill their bags this December please see the list below.  

UHT Milk – full fat ; Ring pull tin Hot Dogs; Ring pull tin Rice Pudding; Ring pull tin Spaghetti & Sausages (mix); Ring pull tin Beans & Sausages or Big Breakfast;  Pot Noodles; Peanut Butter; Small bags of crisps; Soft drink – Juice/Cans; Cereal bars; Chocolate bars; Sweets; Chewable vitamins; Deodorant; Plasters; Socks, Gloves; Wet Wipes; Lip balm/Chapstick

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Cutting down on plastic bags

Purchasing plastic bags is a significant expense for the Foodshare charity. So to reduce that, and trying to be more ‘green’, we have taken steps to greatly reduce the number of plastic bags we give out.
At the foodbank we have started putting the contents of food bags, including fresh/frozen items, into trays and crates for people to pack into their own bags.
The next step is to start using paper or compostable bags for the fruit & veg,  and for the supplies we send out to other locations for collection.  While the unit cost of those is higher, we will be using far fewer bags overall so it’s affordable.
Pleased we can reduce our own operating costs and our environmental impact 😊

1st December already…

and we have been able to give chocolate Advent Calendars to all the many children in families helped through the food bank, largely thanks to a terrific collection made once again for Foodshare by E Sargeant of Maidenhead High Street.
A big thank you to Alison Moy for organising that 😊

An amazing fundraiser for Foodshare

One of our volunteers who helps with the community dinner Foodshare provides every Thursday evening wanted to involve her young son.  At just 7 years of age he is too young to take part, but nevertheless he was determined to do something to help the charity and especially the homeless. 
So this is what he did, and the note he wrote :
Hi, my name is Gethen. I raised money by baking jam tarts & selling donuts too. I also sold old books & clothes too. Together we made £102. Thank you, and enjoy your meal.
We were delighted to receive his donation yesterday evening, which more than funded the meal. Our guests gave him a great round of applause when they heard what he had done for them.
Perhaps the most inspiring moment of 2019.  Thank you Gethen & Alvina ! 😊

Maidenhead ParkRun helps Foodshare

Parkrun organisations around the country have been supporting food banks.  On Saturday 15 Dec Maidenhead ParkRun did just that,  collecting food donations for us at their weekly 5km timmed run through Braywick Park.

The parkrun is a great community thing, and that generous spirit was evident in their large collection of food for the charity.  Many thanks to run director  David Dyer for organising that.



We can see the floor again !

We have received a lot of harvest festival donations over the past few weeks,  so much that getting in and out of the food bank was becoming difficult !

The stacked boxes of donations have now been sorted and put away,  thanks to our regular volunteers and to some teams of local company volunteers,  from Biogen, Black & Decker and Digital River,   who all did a great job in blitzing the backlog.

And we know hat the harvest festival season has passed,  because we’ve received the first donation of mince pies  !


Harvest thanksgiving donations

Over the past weeks Foodshare has been fortunate to receive many harvest thanksgiving donations from schools and churches.   Some large, some small, but they all show the great goodwill that abounds in Maidenhead.  It’s this generosity that enables the charity to help people on the scale it does.

For generosity and compassion, especially towards the homeless,  some children from Furze Platt Junior School put it best.   Their tremendous collection of food included items of practical help for the street homeless  –  gloves, hats, socks, sleeping bags  –  and some heartfelt letters from Year 4 children to anyone on the streets.

Here are just a few extracts….

“Dear Reader,    I hope this is okay that I’m sending you a letter.  We’ve been reading a book called Way Home about a boy called Shane who lived on the streets.  I hope you are doing ok ?….   Now winter is coming is there anything you need ?  Let Foodshare know and they will contact our school.  Way Home has changed my feeling about the homeless.     From a caring student at Furze Platt.”

“In winter all the students at Furze Platt Junior School will be praying that you will be all right with food and warm dinners.”

“I am writing this because all Furze Platt want to help you and give you all the stuff you need.  I can picture you now and I want to give you all my stuff you would want.  We have been reading a booked called Way Home… so I realised I should help people out there.    From a kind-hearted student at Furze Platt.”

Kind-hearted and caring indeed !  Thanks to everyone who contributed for their donations and support.