Find out here how Old Lodge Lane Baptist Church is helping to support the community
Our Food Stop Project
A partnership between the council and the community has launched its fourth Food Stop for local families who are in need to help with the borough-wide welfare response to COVID-19. Food Stops helps struggling residents to save up to £700 a year off household bills through providing cut-price groceries and wider support. The new Food Stop based at Old Lodge Lane Baptist Church will provide around £15 to £20 worth of fresh food and other groceries for £3.50 a week as well as debt advice, job support and skills training.
Pastor Nick Graves, of Old Lodge Lane Baptist Church, said: “We got about 35 volunteers in 24 hours, which is a luxury to have. People are feeling powerless, so the idea of being able to do something practical to help is very appealing. “We’re already getting reports back of people being blown away by it – they’re saying things like ‘You don’t know how much this has made me smile at a time when there isn’t much to smile about.’ It’s wonderful. The council has been absolutely marvelous in helping us get this off the ground.”
“Our Food Stops with local partners are already a lifeline for Croydon families in need, but the economic impact of COVID-19 means this latest launch could not come at a more crucial time to support struggling households.
Croydon voluntary groups needing to collect food for distribution to their own customers can also sign up with this Food Stop and three other local collection points across the borough. This includes Croydon Voluntary Action (CVA) which joined last week. In the Food Stop’s first week, around 375 kilos of food delivered by charity Fareshare was distributed by church staff and volunteers to around 30 homes. The Food Stop is now also open from 10am-12pm on Fridays.
Christians Against Poverty
CAP Croydon South provides a range of services in our local community to help free people from debt, poverty and their causes.
Individual churches partner with the national CAP (Christians Against Poverty) organisation. In our community, Old Lodge Lane Baptist Church is the partner church for the CAP Debt Centre. Purley Baptist hosts the CAP Job Club and Christ Church Purley hosts the CAP Life Skills course. We also regularly run CAP Money courses at various locations throughout the year.