Tue 02/05/17

Jam, honey, meat paste and tins of rice pudding and fruit are needed most in May

Tinned carrots, jars of raspberry and strawberry jam and honey and cartons of long life whole milk are among the items most needed in May for hard-pressed clients of Purley Food Hub. Also on the list are unsweetened cereals, instant dried potato, meat paste and fish paste and tins of rice pudding and fruit. Toilet rolls head the non-food items required, along with small bottles of washing up liquid, non-bio washing powder tablets and unisex deodorant. Please click here for the full list and to see where donations can be taken. We thank you so much for your generous support - you have helped us to provide over 82,000 meals to people going through tough times since we opened in 2013.


Weds 26/04/17

Waitrose Coulsdon shoppers give 8 trolleyloads of food plus £168

Customers at Waitrose Coulsdon donated 8 trolleyloads of food and other items and £168 in cash in our latest collection at the store on Saturday 22nd April. Many thanks to everyone who contributed, and also the store's staff and manager. Our next collection is at Waitrose Sanderstead on Saturday 17th June (9am-6pm).


Mon 10/04/17

New collection point for Food Hub donations

South West London Law Centres' office in Croydon has become a collection point for food donations to Purley Food Hub. You can now take items from our monthly food list to the SWLLC office at Davis House in Robert Street, Croydon CR0 1QQ. Thank you, SWLLC!


Mon 20/03/17

11 trolleyloads of food and £273 donated at Waitrose Sanderstead

Shoppers at Waitrose Sanderstead on Saturday 18th March gave the equivalent of 11 trolleyloads of food and toiletries, etc, plus an amazing £273 in cash - the most money we have had donated at any supermarket collection to date. An enormous thank-you to the store's customers, staff and manager for your support. We are at Waitrose Coulsdon next on Saturday 22nd April, 9am-6pm.


Wed 08/03/17

'Super Six' swimmers raise £1,000 at a stroke

Many congratulations and huge thanks to our 'Super Six' swimmers - left to right: Winifred, Jude, Howard, Terry, James and Rachael - who represented the Food Hub in the Purley Swimathon on Thursday evening 2nd March. In total they completed 123 lengths of Purley Pool and raised around £1,000 in sponsorship.


Tue 28/02/17

Waitrose Coulsdon shoppers donate 9½ trolleyloads of food and £85

Big thanks to the customers, staff and manager of Waitrose Coulsdon for their support of our collection there on Saturday 25th February: in total we collected 9½ trolleyloads of food and toiletries, etc, plus £85 in cash - thank you so much everyone. Our next collections are at Waitrose's Sanderstead store on Saturday 18th March and then at Coulsdon again on Saturday 22nd April - both 9am-6pm.


Mon 27/02/17

Year 6 children visit from St John's C of E Primary School, Shirley

A group of 11 children from Year 6 at St John's C of E Primary School, Shirley, visited the Food Hub today. Bringing carrier bags of food donations, they helped our team of volunteers to collect food from Get Fired!, Café Blue and Sainsbury's Local, sort the food collected at Waitrose Coulsdon on Saturday and then refill our shelves after a busy session on Saturday when 20 clients attended and we provided food for 44 people - a total of nearly 400 meals. Thank you again Year 6 - we look forward to seeing the rest of the pupils before the end of the school year.


Sun 15/01/17

Happy 4th Birthday, Purley Food Hub!

Today (Sunday) the Food Hub is 4 years old - so a very Happy 4th Birthday, Purley Food Hub! Since we opened to clients on 15th January 2013, we have provided 75,000 meals to more than 8,000 men, women and children going through tough times. At the same time we have received many thousands of donated food items and toiletries, etc - over 50,000 in 2016 alone. So another huge THANK YOU to all of our volunteers and supporters: those who serve the clients each Wednesday and Saturday, sort the food donations and refill the shelves, collect at local supermarkets, donate food and support the Food Hub through our churches, schools and the local community.


Wed 04/01/17

Huge thanks to churches, banks, supermarkets and many others

We are so grateful for all the donations of food, toiletries and other items that we are continuing to receive from Food Hub supporters and friends - both old and new. Many thanks to among others:

  • Coulsdon Methodist Church
  • South Croydon United Church
  • St Augustine's Church, South Croydon
  • St Edmund's Church, Riddlesdown
  • St James' Church, Riddlesdown
  • Whitethorn Avenue Methodist Church, Coulsdon
  • Barclays Bank Purley
  • Barclays Bank Wallington
  • And again the large number of families and individuals bringing their Reverse Advent Calendar collections and other donations to Get Fired!, Cafe Blue, Christ Church and Purley United Reformed Church

In addition, shoppers at Waitrose Sanderstead and Sainsbury's Local Purley have been filling our collection boxes to overflowing!

Thank you everyone so much.


Tue 20/12/16

Bumper Christmas donations to the Food Hub

It has been a bumper 10 days of donations to Purley Food Hub - including from:

  • Waitrose Sanderstead, where customers donated 14 trolleyloads of food and toiletries, etc, and £193.52 in cash in our collection on 10th December
  • Oakwood School, with one pupil a day in each class bringing in an item of food during Advent
  • Cumnor House School for Boys - the school held a Christmas Jumper Day and each boy brought in a food item
  • Challoner, Fisher and Teresa houses at The John Fisher School
  • Oasis Academy Coulsdon
  • Orion College at Riddlesdown Collegiate
  • CCHA (Croydon Churches Housing Association)
  • Lloyds Commercial Banking, Croydon
  • St Peter's Church, South Croydon - they ran a church-wide Reverse Advent Calendar collection
  • St Paul's United Reformed Church, South Croydon
  • Croydon Fellowship (AFMIM)
  • And MANY families and individuals bringing in their Reverse Advent Calendar collections and other donations

Thank you all - we are so VERY grateful. Last Wednesday and again on Saturday, we provided food for meals each morning for 58 men, women and children going through tough times. Thanks to all the generous donations we receive, we are able to provide 3 meals a day for 3 days for each person - so that's more than 1,000 meals provided on these two days alone. And we expect to be similarly busy tomorrow and on Saturday (Christmas Eve). So all of these donations have arrived at exactly the right time...!


Sat 17/12/16

Aerodrome Year 6's CRO-J FEST is a big success all round

Congratulations to Aerodrome Primary Academy's Year 6 on your excellent CRO-J FEST on Friday. Thank you to Falcons for your smoothies, to Eagles for your cupcakes - and to all the parents who brought food donations and toiletries for the Food Hub.


Mon 05/12/16

Children's Advent donation to the Food Hub

Many thanks to the four children of the Tapiata-Thompson family who asked their parents that rather than buy them Christmas pyjamas this year they use the money instead to buy 20 Advent calendars to give to the children of our clients. Tu, aged 7 (left), and Amira, 4, are pictured at the Food Hub with their friend Albert, 8.


Thu 01/12/16

Tinned meat and potatoes needed in December please - and festive treats for clients' children

As we approach Christmas this month's food list requests many of our usual items such as tins of plain meat (chicken, ham or corned beef), tinned/packet potatoes, and packet custard and instant hot chocolate requiring only water - in addition we would be delighted to receive festive treats for our clients' children. For the full list, and where donations can be brought, please click here.

Meanwhile, we have launched our Reverse Advent Calendar, inviting supporters to put one item a day in a box or 'bag for life' between 1st and 24th December, then to bring them to the Food Hub between 9am-2pm Monday-Saturday from Tuesday 3rd January. Details are on our Facebook and Twitter pages and Instagram (purleyfoodhub) - please click here for a list of suggested items. Thank you so much everyone.


Tue 22/11/16

Olly, aged 6, easily beats his 50 tins target

Concerned about children who don't get enough food, six-year-old Olly decided to do something about it and set himself the challenge of collecting 50 tins for Purley Food Hub. And on Saturday 19th November he came with his mum Natalie, dad Tom and younger sister Charlotte to present his donation: a final tally of 81 items. Pictured with volunteer Rachael, he said: 'I really enjoyed meeting you all. I feel excited and happy because the food will help people who need it.' Well done, Olly - and thank you so much! He has already set his target for next year: 100 tins.