With the skyrocketing cost of living and fears of winter energy bills terrifying the nation, people are relying more than ever on food banks to support their families. Reverend David Taylor is pastor of Elim Family Church Southwater and co-founder of the Potter’s Pantry table.
Why did you decide to set up this panel?
David: “I think it was about finding out what we as a church could offer for the needs of the community and realizing that there are a lot of families in the village who are struggling with basic needs like food and access to the support they need to get them through tough times.’
Do you think the cost of living crisis has affected things? If so, how?
David: “It made the situation worse for people who were already feeling like they were living on the poverty line, so the situation pushed them over the edge in terms of what they could afford, for the necessities of life like Heating, cooking, eating, washing and drying clothes. Even in the last few weeks we have noticed that people are struggling to light their own homes – some of the families are currently living in the dark.’
What would you say to someone who is embarrassed to use a blackboard?
David: “Everyone goes through phases in their life when they need support and asking for help can feel like a big ordeal. So we try to make it as accessible as possible without judging or testing if they need it. We give food, we give people as much support as we can without asking prying questions about their finances or their situation.’
How can we contribute to our local panels?
David: “The local cooperatives in Bucks Barn and Southwater have kindly allowed us to set up collection points in their two shops; The local schools and churches always have collections for harvest festivals and the like.’
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/23108233.local-food-bank-front-line-cost-of-living-crisis-isabella-taylor-christs-hospital/?ref=rss Local Food Bank on Frontline of Cost of Living Crisis (Isabella Taylor, Christ’s Hospital)