St Laurence Church - Helping others in the Community 
News of the Salisbury Foodbank – an exciting change! 
On 1st November 2020 Salisbury Foodbank became an independent charity. 
It means that, like the other 400+ Trussell Trust Foodbanks throughout the UK, the Salisbury Foodbank now has a specially appointed board of trustees, drawn from the Salisbury area, who bring to the foodbank their own knowledge, specialist expertise and enthusiastic support.  
The Trussell Trust is a national charity supporting foodbanks, whereas the Salisbury Foodbank is a local charity supporting local people. The Foodbank uses a network of local connections and support agencies to help people in their time of crisis.  
St Laurence Church will be continuing to support the work of the Salisbury Foodbank and any food donated (which can be brought to church) will continue to go to there.  
If you are a supporter who wishes to give a monetary donation, in future you will have to decide whether you wish to donate to the Salisbury Foodbank, The Trussell Trust – or perhaps both!  
If you want your donation to go to the Salisbury Foodbank, cheques must now be  
made payable to “Salisbury Foodbank”.  
If you are able to complete a Gift Aid Form to accompany your donation, the Foodbank will receive  
an extra 25p for every £1 you give at no extra cost to you. 
Cheques or cash in a clearly marked envelope can be delivered to The Vicarage, and all donations – both food and money – will be taken to the Salisbury Foodbank on a weekly basis. 
Monetary donations can also be made directly through the donations page of the Salisbury Foodbank website
Salisbury Foodbank 
One of the charities we regularly support is the Salisbury Foodbank, which is supported by The Trussell Trust. The Trussell Trust runs a network of over 400 foodbanks, including one in Salisbury, which provide a minimum of three days emergency food and support to people experiencing crisis. 
In St Laurence Church we have a regular collection of tinned and dried food which we take to the Salisbury Foodbank on a regular basis. Items can be brought to church on Sunday morning. A list of suggested items is on Salisbury Foodbank website and also below. 
We also have special collections at Harvest and at Christmas, and occasionally we send a group of volunteers to the Foodbank  
(usually prior to Christmas), to help sort food donations and pack food boxes. 
Please contact Jo Parsons for more information or visit Salisbury Foodbank website 
Breakfast cereals 
Pasta sauce 
Tinned beans 
Tinned meat 
Tinned vegetables 
Tinned fruit 
Tea or coffee 
Well done and thank you! 
A big thank you to everyone who has supported, and continues to support, our regular collection for the Salisbury Foodbank. We have now collected an amazing 6 TONNES of food since we began in 2006. This amount does not include all the food donated for our special Harvest appeals, which have raised a further tonne over the same period. 
The Salisbury Foodbank is very grateful for the support it receives from many local churches including St Laurence. 
Refugees: What can we do? 
[Refugee (noun): one who flees in search of refuge, as in times of war, political oppression, or religious persecution] 
None of us can have missed the distressing stories of those who are fleeing the violence and chaos of the Middle East. Among the key requirements of our faith is the need to show hospitality and kindness to strangers. The question is, though, what can we actually do? 
The Bible tells us ‘Deal with each other justly, do not oppress the refugee, the fatherless or the widow, and do not shed innocent blood. Journey in all the ways I command you, that all may go well with you.’ (Jeremiah 7, 6-7). 
Also we know that Jesus himself was a refugee from Herod in Egypt. 
So what can we do? A few suggestions: 
Learn: We can learn the facts about why so many people are having to seek refuge and use that to counter myths and falsehoods - 
Encourage: We can encourage people, especially landlords, to think about how accommodation might be offered. Citizens UK have launched an appeal for homes and more information can be found on the Citizens UK website. 
Pray! To help you there are prayers displayed in St Laurence Church. Also Christian Aid has resources for prayer and vigils on their website. 
For more information, see the Migration and Refugees page on the Salisbury Diocese website 
‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me’  
(Matthew 25:40) 
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