‘For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink.’ (Matthew 25: 42.)
Some statistics: Since we began to support the North Plymouth Food Bank in September 2012 I have been able to deliver 17 car-loads of provisions, one load almost every month. These contributions are gratefully received at the distribution centre and I am assured are a lifeline to those struggling to make ends meet in crisis situations. The average load has been made up of soups, baked beans, tinned fruit, tinned ready meals, pasta, rice, tinned vegetables, fish and stews, cartons of UHT milk, sugar and teabags, jars of cooking sauces and preserves. In every load there are also other items, some quite unexpected.
This giving is undertaken as a Christian response to Jesus’ words quoted at the start of this article. We never see those who receive, or experience their gratitude for help in trouble. But Jesus sees and is glad that we take heed of his words.
Even if we are ourselves on a tight budget it is no real hardship to at least add one extra item for Food Bank to our shopping list. Many are even more generous in what they feel they can afford to give.
Have you contributed to Food bank? Boxes are provided in the Church and in the entrance to the Hall.
If not, may I ask you to consider whether you can
manage to give something from now on for as long as the need continues?
And to those who have been filling the boxes so generously, thank you for taking Jesus’ words seriously.
– John Goodspeed