As Brothers in Christ, Christadelphians want to share the love of Christ with others and take their responsibility to help those who do not have it so well.
During the lockdown period several of our ecclesiae felt how people around them had difficulties having enough food on the table. Therefore, all over the country, several ecclesiae created food banks, where needy people could find some help.
Matt Simpson of the Bournemouth Echo came to volunteer at Winton Christadelphian Church at a food surplus giveaway, to have some idea how it is for some of his compatriots. For him, it was an eye-opener to the plight faced by so many people across the country every day.
Rising food costs and energy bills so high people struggle to keep their homes warm mean many have become reliant on foodbanks and charity.
The church in Wimborne Road hosts a twice-weekly event every Tuesday and Friday for those in need of food. Donations of food surplus are made by supermarkets and shops.
An assortment of food, including fresh fruit and vegetables and cupboard essentials, is laid out on tables free for those in need.
It’s an image you wouldn’t expect to see in modern Britain.
But this is the reality the cost of living crisis is having on so many people in Bournemouth.
More than 65 people attended Friday’s event, and by the end most of the food, including homemade soup and pizza, had gone.
Volunteers at the church make sure any food left over doesn’t go to waste – most of today’s will go to feed horses.
For many, a visit to the church isn’t only to fill their cupboards; it’s a chance to get out of the house and meet new friends.
The event has become a bit of a social event for those living below the breadline. As volunteer Mary Woodgate said,
“People are whiling away two hours of their day, and it’s often the highlight of their week.”