"DO YOU THROW AWAY UNUSED FOOD? Yes?
You are not alone as 7.2 million tonnes of food and drink are thrown away annually by UK households. Nationally, a staggering 220,000 loaves of bread, 1.6 million bananas, 5,500 chickens, 5.1 million potatoes, 660,000 eggs, 1.2 million sausages and 1.3 million yoghurts find their into the bin every day.
One parishioner, Christina Davenport is tackling the problem by setting up a 'food waste swear box'. For every unused food item thrown away, Christina will put 50 pence in the box. The money will go to a charity such as CAFOD but Christina's ultimate aim is to stop wasting food.
Why not follow Christina and have your own 'food waste swear box' for Lent?
Pope Francis said 'throwing away food is like stealing from the tables of the poor and hungry' – let your change help you to change. For more information see www.lovefoodhatewaste.com
Even if you don’t need financial support you may be wishing friends would help in some other way.
Members of the the St Vincent de Paul (SVP) Society will be happy to visit you and talk over what help we can offer, or help you to find.
For SVP support or if you are thinking of joining us, please get in touch. Contact: Norma: 01903 231014 or Patrick: 07929 0800
The Night Shelter is due to start here in January & we need sleeping bags, pillows & blankets for the guests, if anyone has any they don't need please leave in the Sacristy.
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Jubilee Action has been working in Patongo since 2008 with war affected youths, many of whom are former child soldiers and abductees. We have established the Patongo Youth and Vocational Trainings Centre, from which we deliver services ranging from psychosocial support to vocational trainings and literacy and numeracy catch-up classes.
Volunteers will be needed to help run an emergency shelter for up to 14 homeless people during January 2014 on 4 Monday nights here at St Mary's. A co-ordinator, cooks to provide an evening meal & breakfast, helpers to pray, talk & entertain the guests, plus volunteers to stay the night.
More information to follow during the next few weeks. If interested please email email@example.com