UCKG HelpCentre Launches National Food Collection Week

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Friday, 15 September 2017

As winter approaches, the UCKG HelpCentre has launched its first national food collection week, starting Monday 18 September, and is asking its members for donations to help stock many of the country’s food banks. This recognises that, even among hardworking families, food poverty is now a major issue in the UK.

The headquarters HelpCentre in Finsbury Park and another 27 branches of the Pentecostal church and charity are asking members to donate food items for their local food banks throughout the week, with the emphasis on non- perishable items.

Local community outreach coordinators in the branches have made contact with their local food banks, working mainly with the Trussell Trust, and have obtained a list of the items most needed, which they are sharing with members.

The general public are also welcome to contribute, and foodstuffs may be delivered to participating UCKG HelpCentre branches between 7am and 10pm.

Michael Boodram, the UCKG HelpCentre’s Head of Community Groups responsible for the appeal said: “I encourage all our members and friends to give generously, since such donations can be life changing. Everyone needs a full nutritious meal daily; it’s a basic human right. This is why the UCKG HelpCentre has been moved to do this event in its branches in the UK, and we are hoping for a generous response.”

The full list of participant UCKG HelpCentre branches is as per below and full addresses can be obtained from uckg.org/addresses:

• Brixton, London
• Bullring, Birmingham
• Cardiff, Wales
• Catford, London
• Croydon, Greater London
• Edmonton, London
• Finsbury Park, London
• Gravesend, Kent
• Hackney, London
• Hammersmith, London
• Ilford, Greater London
• Kilburn, London
• Leeds
• Nottingham
• Peckham, London
• Piccadilly, Manchester
• Plaistow, London
• Sheffield
• Southall, Greater London
• Stamford Hill, London
• Stratford, London
• Swindon
• Tooting, London
• Willesden Green
• Wood Green

 

The UCKG’s 24-hour Helpline on 020 7686 6000 will also support the appeal and members of the public can contact at anytime should they have queries or need guidance on what items to donate at their local HelpCentre.

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Notes to editors

UCKG is a Christian church and registered charity that offers a range of practical support activities alongside spiritual support and comfort. It reached the UK in 1995 and has gone from strength to strength, providing support and spreading the Christian faith through its branches in England and Wales.

The Trussell Trust partners with local communities to help stop UK hunger. Its 400-strong network of foodbanks provides a minimum of three days’ emergency food and support to people experiencing crisis. The official website is trusselltrust.org.

For further information please contact the UCKG HelpCentre Press Officer via e-mail on press@uckg.org or direct line 020 7686 6033.

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