2016 Christmas Appeal

Thank you to all those who are providing Christmas gifts for those in need. Please bring them along to collection points at churches or contact us if you would like to drop them off in person. Suitable gifts are listed below:

gift appeal 2016

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Volunteers and Drivers Urgently Needed

We urgently need drivers who can help deliver food parcels and other supplies on Monday, Tuesday and Friday afternoons. If you can spare one or two days a month, and ideally if you have access to a vehicle, please get in touch. Our delivery teams work in pairs for logistic and safety reasons.

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Food Collection Drop-off Times

If you would like to donate food please get in touch. Our main collection centre is open for donations at the following times:
Monday: 1:30 – 2:30
Tuesday: 1:30 – 3:00
Wednesday: 1:30 – 2:30
Thursday: 1:30 – 2:30
Friday: 9:30 – 10:30 and  1:30 to 5:00

Note: food cannot be distributed to individuals from the collection centre.

Need help?

Check out our advice and sources of help if you or someone you know is hungry, homeless or in need.

Review of 2015

ChristmasAppeal

More than 3,800 food parcels were handed out in 2015 and 1,025 Christmas Hampers were distributed. A huge thank you to volunteers, donors of food and money, and to the local businesses, individuals, churches, schools and groups who made it possible for FIND to help those in need.

Food poverty in Britain

Today, in modern Britain, it is estimated that over 500,000 people are now reliant on food aid – the use of food banks and receipt of food parcels – and this number is likely to escalate further over the coming months [1]. Many families and individuals are struggling to feed themselves and their families because of redundancy, illness, benefit delay, domestic violence, debt, family breakdown and rising energy costs.

Food-bankEmergency assistance to families and individuals

Families in Need (FIND) Ipswich is a registered charity providing emergency assistance to families or individuals affected by poverty or dispossession in Ipswich and the surrounding area. In the community, we have adults who simply exist from one day to the next and who are desperate for help, including youngsters living on low incomes without life or budgeting skills trying to find ways to feed, clothe and house themselves. 2015 has been, and 2016 continues to be, a desperate year for hundreds of people in our area. Learn more about FIND.

Why the community needs us

We help those that are deprived of a minimum standard of living, be they single, families, lone parents, children, elderly, sick, disabled or homeless. We offer, free of charge, food, household items, furniture, nursery equipment and nappies, beds and bedding and, when available, cookers, washing machines and refrigerators. When appropriate this includes personal support too.

768812393Our impact on the community

Close to 3000 adults and 3000 children (17 and under) received aid from FIND during 2015 – food, furniture, beds and bedding, clothing, white goods and short term accommodation/refuge from the streets being a few of the ways help is given.

[1] Church Action on Poverty and Oxfam. Report can report can be downloaded from www.church-poverty.org.uk/foodfuelfinance or www.oxfam.org.uk/policyandpractice.

Close to 3000 adults and 3000 children (17 and under) received aid from FIND during 2015 – food, furniture, beds and bedding, clothing, white goods and short term accommodation/refuge from the streets being a few of the ways help is given.

Need help?

Check out our advice and sources of help if you or someone you know is hungry, homeless or in need.