Hampers of Hope started in October 2011 as a Christmas project that collected non-perishable food items to make Christmas food parcels for local people and families who were going to struggle putting food on the table at Christmas. Due to the generosity of so many individuals and organisations, hundreds of lives were touched in our local towns and villages and we were able to distribute over 100 food parcels. The demand for emergency food support locally was so evident that we could not stop after Christmas. Thus, Hampers of Hope began early in 2012 as an independent Christian Charity.
RELIEVING POVERTY IN NORTH EAST CHESHIRE
We believe passionately that our foodbank must be about much more than applying a sticking plaster to a problem. If there is no food on the table, it is usually a symptom of a more fundamental issue in the household. Our volunteers are trained to build relationships with the people that they visit. It provides the opportunity to discern what further support may be needed in order to raise people out of poverty, restore their dignity and enable them get out of their crisis. Hampers of Hope now offers, in conjunction with Christians Against Poverty (CAP), money management courses. These take place in local children's centres and churches and are led by a qualified money coach. These services are all part of our aim which is not only to provide emergency food support but to relieve poverty in North East Cheshire.