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Purley Food Hub
Providing food to people in crisis
Providing food to people in crisis


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Thu 01/06/17

Tinned spaghetti, honey, long life milk and breakfast cereals are most needed in June

Topping our list of items most needed in June for clients of the Food Hub are tinned spaghetti, honey, long life whole milk and unsweetened breakfast cereals. Also needed are instant dried potato, meat paste and fish paste, pasta and tinned rice pudding, together with chocolate treats for children. Washing up liquid, non-bio washing powder tablets and toilet rolls are also required. The full list is available here, and where donations can be taken. Your continued support has enabled us to provide over 85,000 meals to people in crisis since the Food Hub opened in 2013. Thank you so much.
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Tue 06/06/17

'Thank God for the Purley Hub' say children from Oakwood School

We were delighted to welcome Year 6 children and staff from Oakwood School, Purley, to the Food Hub yesterday. They helped our volunteers with sorting food, stacking shelves and collecting food donations from Sainsbury's Local, as well as learning more about the Food Hub's work. At the end of their visit, they said: 'We have learnt so much. We have learnt that not all people are as fortunate as ourselves. Thank God there is the Purley Hub to provide families in need with food. We will surely spread the news about this fantastic charity.'
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Bottles of squash, tinned carrots and jars of pasta sauce top April's 'most wanted' list

Our April list of items most needed for Purley Food Hub clients is headed by bottles of squash, tinned carrots, jars of pasta sauce and cartons of long life whole milk. Packets of corn flakes and other unsweetened cereals and small packets of basmati rice are also on the list, along with tins of plain meat and tinned vegetarian meals. Non-food items required please are non-bio washing powder sachets/tablets and unisex deodorant. Please click here to see the full list and where donations can be taken. Thank you everyone for your continued support - last month we passed 80,000 meals provided to people in crisis since we started four years ago.
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Wed 01/02/17

2,000 meals provided in January - now please help refill our shelves in February

In January alone we provided over 2,000 meals to clients and families in crisis. To help refill the Food Hub's shelves, we would be grateful in February for donations of tinned plain chicken, ham or corned beef, tinned vegetarian meals, packets of dried potato - and baby 10 months+ dinners and puddings in jars. Also needed please are jars of fish and meat paste, small bags of sugar (500g), cartons of long life whole milk, jars of marmalade and packets of savoury biscuits. Non-food items required include unisex deodorant and shampoo and non bio washing powder tablets/sachets. The full list is available here, with details of where donations can be taken. Thank you so much for your kind support.
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Sun 15/01/17

Happy 4th Birthday, Purley Food Hub!

Today (Sunday) the Food Hub is 4 years old - so a very Happy 4th Birthday, Purley Food Hub! Since we opened to clients on 15th January 2013, we have provided 75,000 meals to more than 8,000 men, women and children going through tough times. At the same time we have received many thousands of donated food items and toiletries, etc - over 50,000 in 2016 alone. So another huge THANK YOU to all of our volunteers and supporters: those who serve the clients each Wednesday and Saturday, sort the food donations and refill the shelves, collect at local supermarkets, donate food and support the Food Hub through our churches, schools and the local community.
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Fri 06/01/17

Meat and potato head up January's 'most wanted' list - with non bio washing powder tablets

Tins of plain meat - chicken, ham or corned beef - and packets of dried potato again top the list of food items most needed in January for clients of Purley Food Hub. Also listed are long life whole milk, packet custard and instant hot chocolate both requiring only water, and baby 10 months+ dinners and puddings in jars. Non-food items needed include non bio washing powder tablets/sachets, adult toothbrushes, and unisex shampoo. Please go to for the full list, and where donations can be taken. Thank you very much.
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Wed 04/01/17

Huge thanks to churches, banks, supermarkets and many others

We are so grateful for all the donations of food, toiletries and other items that we are continuing to receive from Food Hub supporters and friends - both old and new. Many thanks to among others:
Coulsdon Methodist Church
South Croydon United Church
St Augustine's Church, South Croydon
St Edmund's Church, Riddlesdown
St James' Church, Riddlesdown
Barclays Bank Purley
Barclays Bank Wallington
And again the large number of families and individuals bringing their Reverse Advent Calendar collections and other donations to Get Fired!, Cafe Blue, Christ Church and Purley United Reformed Church
In addition, shoppers at Waitrose Sanderstead and Sainsbury's Local Purley have been filling our collection boxes to overflowing!
Thank you everyone so much.
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Tue 20/12/16

Bumper Christmas donations to the Food Hub

It has been a bumper 10 days of donations to Purley Food Hub - including from:
Waitrose Sanderstead, where customers donated 14 trolleyloads of food and toiletries, etc, and £193.52 in cash in our collection on 10th December
Oakwood School, with one child a day in each class bringing in an item of food during Advent
Cumnor House School for Boys - the school held a Christmas Jumper Day and each boy brought in a food item
Challoner, Fisher and Teresa houses at The John Fisher School
Oasis Academy Coulsdon
Orion College at Riddlesdown Collegiate
CCHA (Croydon Churches Housing Association)
Lloyds Commercial Banking, Croydon
St Peter's Church, South Croydon - they ran a church-wide Reverse Advent Calendar collection
St Paul's United Reformed Church, South Croydon
Croydon Fellowship (AFMIM)
And MANY families and individuals bringing in their Reverse Advent Calendar collections and other donations
Thank you all - we are so VERY grateful. Last Wednesday and again on Saturday, we provided food for meals each morning to 58 men, women and children going through tough times. Thanks to all the generous donations we receive, we are able to provide 3 meals a day for 3 days for each person - so that's more than 1,000 meals provided on these two days alone. And we expect to be similarly busy tomorrow and on Saturday (Christmas Eve). So all of these donations have arrived at exactly the right time...!
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Sat 10/12/16

Aerodrome Year 6's CRO-J FEST is a big success all round

Congratulations to Aerodrome Primary Academy's Year 6 on your excellent CRO-J FEST on Friday. Thank you to Falcons for your smoothies, to Eagles for your cupcakes - and to all the parents who brought food donations and toiletries for the Food Hub.
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Mon 05/12/16

Children's Advent donation to the Food Hub

Many thanks to the four children of the Tapiata-Thompson family who asked their parents that rather than buy them Christmas pyjamas this year they use the money instead to buy 20 Advent calendars to give to the children of our clients.
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