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Angels join with Tonbridge Baptist Church in supporting Sustain, a local community foodbank scheme - 19th March Update

Angels Foodbank March 2020.  L to R Neil Durling Club Chaplain, Amy Weaver Director, Pete Shearman TBC and Angels supporter.

We become part of the Fans Supporting Foodbanks initiative - You can still donate by visiting Tonbridge Baptist Church

**UPDATE 31st MARCH 2020**

Despite no football at Longmead you can still donate to the Sustain Community Foodbank by taking your donations direct to the Tonbridge Baptist Church, just a few steps up Darenth Avenue from our ground.  Please bring your donations between 11:00am and 2:00pm Monday to Friday’s .    See below for those items particularly needed.  NOW MORE THAN EVER DURING THE CURRENT EMERGENCY PEOPLE ARE IN NEED OF BASIC PROVISIONS.  PLEASE HELP IF YOU CAN ALWAYS OBSERVING THE CURRENT AND CORRECT SOCIAL DISTANCING (2 METERS) THANK YOU.          

Tonbridge Angels is delighted to announce its support of Sustain, a community foodbank run by Tonbridge Baptist Church(TBC). Sustain exists to provide emergency food supplies to local people experiencing a short term need.

For a variety of reasons, the use of foodbanks has soared in the past few years and Sustain is no different. Money is tight for many people, especially those on fixed household incomes and many struggle to afford to feed themselves and their families with the continual price increases in basic food items.

Jemma Graffin, Community Work Co-ordinator, TBC explains, "Food poverty has grown significantly over the last few years to the point that 1 in 3 people living in our local community are living in Poverty*.  We live in the 5th largest economy in the world - no one should have to go hungry if we can all work together."

TBC distributes food parcels to recipients referred by front line agencies. They also partner with several local supermarkets who donate food that has reached its “best before” date but is still good to eat. For more information about Sustain and Daily Food, please contact TBC on 01732 352824 |  jemma.graffin@tonbridgebaptist.church

Tonbridge Angels is joining the Fans Supporting Foodbanks movement by asking both home and away supporters to donate food items at 1st Team matches. Food Sustain currently need:

Breakfast Cereals

Tinned Meat Meals

Tinned Rice Pudding

Tea & Coffee (small jars)

Jars of Pasta Sauce

Tinned Fruit

Long-life milk

Tinned Vegetables

Packets of Biscuits

Tinned Soup

Small Packets of Rice

Hygiene Products, eg soap/toothpaste etc

Tinned Pasta

Tins/Cartons of Custard

Tinned Potatoes


Amy Weaver, Vice Chair said, “A recent report found that around 10% of households in the UK are food insecure, meaning that they have limited access to adequate food. Many parents skip or reduce meals so their children can eat. Food, water, clothing, and shelter are basic human rights and Tonbridge Angels is proud to extend its support to the foodbank run by TBC to help those in most need in our town. We are a fan owned club with a strong sense of family and community and hope we can harness the power of football to make a difference to those who are struggling.”

Starting with this Saturday’s (15th February) Home Game against Hungerford Town, supporters can bring their donations to the ground on 1st Team match days and leave in the collection bin by the Tea Shack.

Already by Sunday 8th March two full bins of food had been collected from the Halcyon Wealth Longmead Stadium by TBC which is a terrific effort bearing in mind the paucity of home games recently.  


*Source: End Child Poverty data published May 2019, Trench Ward, 33% of children are in poverty after housing costs : http://www.endchildpoverty.org.uk

Published Monday 10th February 2020 (last updated 2 days ago)