Bishop Andrew has encouraged parishioners throughout Derry and Raphoe to consider supporting local foodbanks as part of their Christian response to the hardship arising from the Covid-19 health crisis.
His call came during his now regular Sunday afternoon reflection, during a service of worship broadcast live from his home on the Facebook Live platform. Below is a list of foodbanks throughout the diocese.
The Pantry Project Derry-Londonderry
The Pantry Project is an initiative of The Churches Trust, which was established as a crisis response to meet the needs of individuals and families who find themselves in a situation of extreme hardship. The Churches Trust collect food donations and work with community hubs to distribute food parcels to those in need. Last year it provided food to more than 2000 children and adults.
People can be referred to the project by contacting their local community groups, or Waterside Neighbourhood Partnership, or Greater Shantallow Area Partnership (Ethos project). Referrals have also been made via churches or directly to The Churches Trust. If you would like to know more about the Pantry Project, please call The Churches Trust on +44 7131 1322.
Foyle Foodbank Derry/Londonderry
Foyle Foodbank is part of The Trussell Trust’s network of 428 foodbanks, working to tackle food poverty and hunger in local communities, as well as across the UK. Foyle Foodbank is a project founded by local churches and community groups, working together towards stopping hunger in the Derry-Londonderry area.
It is located at: Unit 15 Apex Living Centre, Springtown Industrial Est, Derry City, Londonderry BT48 0LY Tel: +44 2871 263699 or +44 7716 129788. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rotary-Foyle Foodbank Derry/Londonderry
Rotary-Foyle Foodbank is run by the local Rotary Club (part of Rotary International). The purpose of the Rotary-Foyle Food Bank is to reduce food waste and provide access to emergency food all year round to families in need. It is based at 12 London Street, Derry/Londonderry BT48 6RQ. Its telephone number is also 07716 129788. Email – email@example.com
We Care LK Community Foodbank in Letterkenny.
We Care’s mission is to work in partnership with local agencies to assist those affected by food poverty and food deprivation. Its goal, at all times, is to maintain dignity and respect for participants for whom it provides services.
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Strabane Foodbank is – like the Foyle Foodbank – part of the Trussell Trust’s UK-wide network. It is based at Grass Roots Food Market, 5D John Wesley Street, Strabane Co Tyrone BT82 8RJ. Telephone: 02871 414142 or 02871 883102
Causeway Foodbank is – like the Foyle and Strabane Foodbanks – part of the Trussell Trust’s network. It is based at Vineyard Compassion, Hope Centre, 10 Hillmans Way, Ballycastle Road, Coleraine, Londonderry, BT25 2ED. Telephone 02870 220005 or
Magherafelt Foodbank is, once again, part of the Trussell Trust network. It is based at Magherafelt Foodbank Office, 19a Rainey Street, Magherafelt, Londonderry, BT45 5DA. Its telephone number is 07393 451504. You can email the foodbank at firstname.lastname@example.org and you can check out its website at http://magherafelt.foodbank.org.uk/
Magherafelt Baptist Church, 6 Ballyronan Road, Magherafelt BT45 6BP is used by the Trussell Trust to provide a foodbank. Its opening hours are Tuesdays 12pm to 1:30pm & Fridays 1pm to 2:30pm.
Outreach Centre and Foodbank in Omagh
Life Triumphant Church in Omagh – which is part of the town’s Churches’ Forum – runs an outreach centre and foodbank at 51 Market Street, Omagh.
The Salvation Army in Limavady run a foodbank also. It’s located at 72-76 Main St, Limavady BT49 0ET. Telephone: 028 7772 2613