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.

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Review of 2014

ChristmasAppeal

More than 3,500 food parcels were handed out in 2014 and 1,020 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. 2014 has been, and 2015 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

In 2014, 2,299 children (17 years & under) and 2,139 adults received aid, many being referred more than once. This included all household type items, from teaspoons to beds to furniture to white goods. At Christmas 1,900 hampers were made up and, along with individual gifts, reached more than 1,080 children and 820 adults.

[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.

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