Food Glorious Food weather is getting colder and the nights are drawing in, Christmas is coming…..

Is Christmas-time something everyone looks forward to?  The people who visit the food bank every Thursday at the Hampton CSK Church have mixed views.  The costs of purchasing presents and the additional expensive food stuffs for the festive season are enough to push many families finances over the limit.  Its a time the food bank experiences higher than normal visits, which means we are an essential form of temporary support for those families that are already living week to week.

The food bank operates from 19:00 to 21:00 every Thursday where they offer free grocery support to anyone who needs it.  All you need to get is a voucher from Peterborough Council offices; schools, support services, the job centre to name but a few.  A full list is below……

Our friendly team, of which I’m one 🙂 are completely selfless in their efforts to help others.  Seriously, we are all volunteers who give up our own time to help make a real difference to other peoples lives.  If you need food for your family or just for yourself, please get a voucher from the nominated places and you’ll receive a few days worth of food supplies.  There are, of course other food banks in Peterborough which are available during the day.  Food bank Hampton, is the only evening food bank.












Its also the only one I can attend as I work during the day, unfortunately, but we all need to pay the bills.  The good news is, lots of people still find the time and resources to either, donate food to food bank or give up their time and help inside.  Serving drinks, chatting, meet and greet or packing.  Chatting is my favorite but its a team effort and we all serve the people.

donations, donations….

Like all charities, food banks literally rely on donations. Every item of food is donated.  Look out for food bank trolleys or stands inside/outside your local

supermarket.  Next time you’re passing by, drop in a can of beans, some pasta, cereals, condiments, cordial, sweets, biscuits, dried fruit, teabags, coffee or anything else that doesn’t need to be refrigerated.  The donations don’t need to stop there….

We will take anything you would like to gift to someone.  This could be some clothes, toys, DVDs, music CD’s, household utensils……  the list goes on.  If we have been donated dog food we offer that too and toiletries.  So please, if you can donate anything, (which would be wonderful) you can also include deodorants, toilet paper, shampoos, soaps.  If someone can’t afford food, its possible they might need a little help with other things too.  After all, we are all human and a to have clean skin is everyone’s right.

Rights the Liberal Democrats uphold and fight in Parliament and campaign nationally to protect.  The values I hold, are taken with me in all aspects of my life.  I don’t volunteer at the food bank in my Councillor capacity, but as a Peterborough citizen, and to help others is part of being British which is embedded in Liberal Democrat principles.


If you need help of any kind.  Call me, message me, email me.  Anytime….  Contact me as a Councillor, or just because you need someone to talk with.  As a community leader, I’m here to serve you.  Our great British (Peterborough) public.

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Useful Addresses

Salvation Army
1203 Bourges Boulevard
Peterborough, PE1 2AU

Bretton – Holy Spirit Church
Bretton, PE3 8DX

City Centre – St Mark’s Church
82 Lincoln Road
Peterborough, PE1 2SN

Paston – Honeyhill Children’s Centre
150 Chadburn
Paston, PE4 7DH

Gunthorpe – Open Door Centre
Hallfields Lane
Peterborough, PE4 7YL

Hampton – Christ Servant King Church
Silver Hill
Peterborough, PE7 8FF

Orton – Orton Children’s Centre
The Jigsaw Centre
Peterborough, PE2 5PW

Dogsthorpe – Dogsthorpe Methodist Church
Birchtree Avenue
Peterborough, PE1 4HP

Town – Masjid Khadijah Centre
311-313 Cromwell Road
Peterborough, PE1 2HP

Westgate – Westgate Methodist Church
68b Westgate,
Peterborough, PE1 1RG
(behind Christian Bookshop)