CAPTION: Churches across Plymouth are joining together to feed over 150 families during half-term

Churches rally together to feed families in need

Posted: 26th October, 2020

With October half-term upon us, Transforming Plymouth Together (TPT) is running a series of events for their Feast of Fun at Home initiative, providing food for families.

TPT need extra hands to load and unload the food to avoid accidents like this!

Since the beginning of lockdown, TPT has been working with churches across the city to provide food parcels to families in need across the city. They are currently working with 19 churches in Plymouth to provide over 250 food parcels every week to local families.

Last week, St Peters and the Holy Apostles provided over 30 breakfast packs and the Eggbuckland collective (St Edwards and The Rock Community) ran an event providing food for 24 families.

This week, TPT is running 5 events, bringing together 12 churches in Plymouth to support approximately 165 families during October half-term.

Hannah Fleming-Hill is a Project Support Development Worker at Transforming Plymouth Together.

“One of our top priorities is creating those vital relationships between the churches and families.”

Hannah said: “We’ve been very generously supported by the Love Your Neighbour project coming out of St Matthias Church in Plymouth as well as North Plymouth Foodbank and Provide Devon so there will be plenty of dried and tinned items as well as a lot of fresh items too including milk, eggs, cheese, fruit and veg.”

Many of the families who will be receiving the food parcels are those who the churches have been engaging with over the summer. One of our top priorities is creating those vital relationships between the churches and families.”

“Let’s not let any child go hungry this winter!”

“Some families we have contacted have said they’re now in a better position and don’t need any support during half term, and there will also be some new families joining in. The schools, families workers and social services have identified more families who are struggling in these difficult times.”

“If there are any families in need or someone knows of a family in need please do get in touch, we’ll do our best to connect them with their closest church either involved in Feast of Fun or in a similar project. We’d love to have more churches join the Feast of Fun family at Christmas so if a church is interested we can support them throughout the whole project from identifying families, logistics, sourcing food and more. Let’s not let any child go hungry this winter!”

If any churches in Plymouth or even across the Diocese want to find out more about the project, please visit this website, or you can get in touch via email