“Surely there’s no need for a Foodbank in a place like Chipping Campden!”…

…was the comment of a couple visiting the town recently when they chanced upon the Foodbank Outlet operating here at CCBC. But the reality is that Campden is no different from communities up and down the country who are experiencing hard times.

The CCBC Outlet is open every Friday 12.30pm – 1.30pm

The Campden Outlet is part of the North Cotswold Foodbank based at Naunton Baptist Chapel – other outlets are at Winchcombe, Moreton and Bourton, all at the heart of their communities, showing the love of Jesus in action. The nationwide Project is the vision of the Trussell Trust, a Christian charity, who work in partnership with local communities to give food to people in crisis, providing short-term emergency relief to help them get back on their feet.

Typical clients might be a family where a wage earner has lost employment and state benefits have yet to kick in, or possibly those in low-paid work, as in many rural areas, when income is no longer sufficient for weekly needs.

Those in genuine need are identified by registered Care Professionals such as Social Workers,  Doctors, Schools Support Officers, Job Centre Personnel etc. Independent professional judgement ensures that assistance is properly targeted, and means that volunteers at the Outlets are free to hand over a food allocation in a safe, non-judgemental environment, and sometimes provide a shoulder to cry on too.

The main difficulty is that often those in greatest need are too proud to admit that they are unable to feed their family. The harsh truth is that anyone of us could be only 3 paydays away from being in the same position! The hope is that increased awareness of the Foodbank scheme will encourage more people to come forward without fear of being judged for something which is often beyond their control. Nonetheless, more than 1000 needy people in the North Cotswolds have been fed since opening in December 2011, three times the amount forecast. Most clients are overcome with gratitude that someone cares about them…….

The various caring agencies issue a voucher which the Client brings along to the Outlet to exchange for 3 days’ worth of non-perishable foods. Up to 3 vouchers may be issued in a 6 month period. Foodbank can also bridge the gap during school holidays so that children who qualify for free school meals need not go hungry, and extra food vouchers are issued at these times.

All of the food available for distribution has been donated by individuals, collections at churches and schools etc. Our Church Fellowship and the  people of Campden and the surrounding villages have been exemplary in their generosity, for which we extend heartfelt thanks. Should you wish to donate, please bring non-perishable, in-date items to the Baptist Church on the High Street any Friday 12.30 – 1.30, or to any of our Sunday services at the High School or the High Street building.

Items required are:

Tinned : beans, tomatoes, soup, vegetables, fruit, rice pudding, custard, sponge pudding, meat, fish

Packets : pasta, rice, instant mash, biscuits, snack bars, breakfast cereals

Instant coffee, teabags, sugar, fruit juice, longlife milk, jam.

Toothpaste, shampoo, shower gel and deodorants are also welcome.

Our CCBC Outlet is open every Friday 12.30pm – 1.30pm and is staffed by a team of volunteers who deal with clients with sensitivity and compassion.

CCBC Outlet Co-ordinator : Tooty Gibbs

Further details from :

“…if you offer your food to the hungry…
…then your light shall rise in the darkness” – Isaiah 58:10