This year I’ve enjoyed getting to know the organisers and volunteers at the Purley Food Hub. It was great to volunteer yesterday morning (as well as pick-up some casework). It was also lovely to meet some new volunteers who were there for the first time.
Based at the Purley United Reform Church and entirely volunteer-run, the service provides free food parcels for individuals and families living in CR8 (Purley), CR2 (South Croydon), CR5 (Coulsdon) and CR0 4 (Waddon). People are referred by various agencies, including the Jobs Centre, Croydon Council, local Churches, schools and GP practices. Three meals a day for three days is provided.
Each month, a donation priority list is published. For this month, please see below:
- Long Life Whole Milk for Children
- Small Bottles of Squash
- Packet & Tinned Potatoes
- Small 500g Packets of Long Grain Rice
- Tinned Carrots
- Tinned Dessert Fruit
- Packet Custard requiring only water
- Tinned Rice Pudding
- Baby Wipes
- Unisex Deodorant
- Washing Powder Tablets or Capsules
- Washing Up Liquid
Donations can be dropped off at the Purley United Reform Church on Monday mornings between 9am and noon and if not possible then on Wednesday/Saturday mornings (9am-noon). There are also donation baskets at various places locally including:
- Sainsbury’s Local, Purley
- St Mark’s Church, Woodcote (yellow wheelie bin)
- Waitrose Sanderstead
- Co-op, Hamsey Green
- Sainsbury’s Warlingham
I’m looking forward to helping out again later this year.
Cllr Samir Dwesar