Mon 03/07/17

Most needed items for July include pasta sauce, tinned tomatoes and baked beans

Jars of pasta sauce, tinned tomatoes and long life whole milk head the list of food items we most need for Purley Food Hub clients in July. Also listed are tins of baked beans, instant dried potato, jars of meat paste and Marmite, and tinned rice pudding and dessert fruit. Microwavable packets of plain rice are also needed along with packet custard requiring only water - and two non food items: non bio washing powder tablets and tin openers. Please click here for the full list where to take donations. We have provided approaching 90,000 meals to people in crisis since we opened in January 2013 - thank you everyone for your generous support.


Mon 19/06/17

Excellent food collection at Waitrose Sanderstead on Saturday

We had an excellent collection at Waitrose Sanderstead on Saturday (17th June): 18 full trolley-loads of food and toiletries, etc, plus £248.95 in cash - one of our best-ever! In total, generous shoppers donated 2,549 items - including 169 tins of fruit, 126 packs of pasta/rice, 113 jars of jam, 108 cartons of milk...and 740 toilet rolls. These are all items we were short of. Thank you everyone. Our next collection is at Waitrose Coulsdon on Saturday 15th July (9am-6pm). 


Tue 06/06/17

'Thank God for the Purley Hub' say children from Oakwood School

We were delighted to welcome Year 6 children and staff from Oakwood School, Purley, to the Food Hub yesterday. They helped our volunteers with sorting food, stacking shelves and collecting food donations from Sainsbury's Local, as well as learning more about the Food Hub's work. At the end of their visit, they said: 'We have learnt so much. We have learnt that not all people are as fortunate as ourselves. Thank God there is the Purley Hub to provide families in need with food. We will surely spread the news about this fantastic charity.'


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...!