At Abbots Cross Presbyterian Church we look for ways to serve the needs of those living in the local community. The Newtownabbey Foodbank aims to help those who struggle to provide food for themselves and their families.
At Abbots Cross Presbyterian Church we run a weekly Satellite Distribution Centre every Tuesday from 10am to 12noon and every Thursday evening between 6.30pm-8.30pm. This is run by a team of volunteers from various churches in the local area. This is in addition to the Carnmoney Foodbank Centre, which is open every Monday afternoon 2pm-4.30pm and every Wednesday evening 6.30pm-9pm, and the Satellite Distribution Centre at Ballyclare Presbyterian Church, which is open every Thursday afternoon 2.30pm-6pm..
There are hundreds of people living in the Newtownabbey area who, through no fault of their own, struggle to buy enough food each week to survive. The current economic climate will not bring any relief to this problem. We, as a church are passionate about becoming involved and believe it's God's desire that we would serve the needs of others, in every sense of the word, on a practical level.
We believe that in serving our community and meeting a little of their needs, we are demonstrating the heart and love of Jesus. All our hampers are given free of charge and with no strings attached.
We work in conjunction with Social Services, Christians Against Poverty, Women's Aid, Age NI and various other local charities to provide food and essentials in hardship situations to those in need in the Newtownabbey area. Food is donated each week by members of the congregation - they leave the food in a shopping trolley in the foyer of the church. This is then sorted into boxes each month and delivered to the Newtownabbey Foodbank (based in Carnmoney), who will then pass it on to families in need in the local area.
How do I get involved?
If you would like to help with this ministry, we would encourage you to consider buying at least two extra items each week when you do your weekly shop, and then bring them along to church on Sunday and leave them in the shopping trolley. This simple act of kindness has a huge impact on the lives of those who receive the food. We also need volunteer to help sort and pack the food boxes.
Items which would be suitable for food hampers:
Tinned meat, tinned fish, tinned vegetables, tinned potatoes, tinned soup, tinned baked beans, tinned spaghetti, dried pasta, jars of pasta sauce, dried noodles, tinned fruit, tinned dessert, teabags, coffee, sugar, cereal, biscuits, crisps, toilet roll, soap, shower gel (male/female), shampoo, deodorant (male/female), toothpaste, baby wipes.