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The Bristol Churches City Fund channels increased generosity to financially support social needs across the Bristol Region.
Over the last two years (2018 and 2019) the Fund has supported a range of key projects in the areas of homelessness, food poverty, debt support and refugee support. The Churches City Fund is administered through the George Müller Charitable Trust, providing governance over how funds are released to support key projects and initiatives across the Region.
Currently though, all of us are very aware of the emerging situation with regards to Coronavirus (COVID-19), which is of course changing on an daily, if not hourly basis.
This is a time for us as a church community, along with others across the city, to show a spirit of generosity and kindness.
At this time therefore, the Churches City Fund is partnering with Bristol Noise and Christian Action Bristol to raise funds for what is becoming a critical need across the city.
Feeding Bristol, in partnership with FareShare South West, the Foodbank network across the city, FOOD Clubs and other community projects are delivering much needed support to the growing number of people experiencing food poverty.
Food poverty has been a sad reality for many people, with numbers increasing in recent years.
The impact of the current Coronavirus crisis is profound, and the number of people reaching out for support from Foodbanks and other similar projects is growing by the day.
Last week (23rd – 28th March) the demand for food at just one of Bristol’s larger foodbanks tripled, and is continuing to increase.
The city benefits from significant food supplies through the work of FareShare South West (which thankfully continue to increase), alongside generous donations of food from the public (although direct donations of food have tailed off in recent weeks).
However, the growth in demand is such that there is a need to buy-in certain key food items to ensure that Foodbanks can continue to meet that demand.
There is an URGENT need to raise funds to ensure that we are able to meet that need. We would therefore ask for an outpouring of generosity from the church community across the city to contribute to this fund.
Please give - we believe this to be a biblical imperative: “For I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”
Every donation made will be directed to providing much needed food to Foodbanks across the city, and will make a huge difference to the lives of thousands of families.
You can help on a practical, immediate level by
- Being generous in response to the urgent call to financially support the supply of food for the foodbank network across the city, through Bristol -Churches City Fund (churchescityfund.org). You can also donate by texting 70460. To donate £2 text ‘CITYFUNDFOOD 2', £5 text 'CITYFUNDFOOD 5’, 'CITYFUNDFOOD 10’. Texts cost the donation amount plus one standard rate message.
- Supporting the ongoing work of Foodbanks and FareShare (www.christianactionbristol.org.uk/food-poverty)
- Considering volunteering time, facilitated by Bristol Noise (www.thenoise.org.uk/bristolchurchresponse)
- Looking out for isolated and vulnerable people in the local community, or in the street where you live, to support where possible
We will keep this page updated with all the latest news and developments but if you would like more information, please visit www.churchescityfund.org