Dagenham church sets up foodbank
PUBLISHED: 13:32 12 January 2017 | UPDATED: 13:33 12 January 2017
A church has opened a foodbank to help those in need.
Members of the Save and Serve Christ Family Church in Dagenham launched the scheme last Thursday as part of its charity work.
Acting head pastor Busola Ogunlowo, 48, who has worshipped at the Church Elm Lane church for over 20 years, said: “There’s a real need for foodbanks like ours. There’s a great demand in the community.
“It’s important for us to do this because giving is part of our faith. We want to give a helping hand.”
And the foodbank has brought the church’s congregation even closer together.
“Everybody is happy because they just want to do something for the community,” Busola said.
Manned by five volunteers from the church, the foodbank was officially opened in a ceremony attended by Village ward councillors Margaret Mullane and Phil Waker.
Both councillors spoke of the need for foodbanks in Barking and Dagenham, lending their full support to the church’s efforts, while Dagenham MP Jon Cruddas has also supported the effort.
“They encouraged us to keep up the good work,” Busola added.
The foodbank is open every Thursday from 10.30am to 12.30pm at the church’s base in Bryson House. Donations of non-perishable goods are welcome every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10am to 2.30pm.
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