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Food Bank collection 09.02/2020. The basics food bank would welcome donations of:

TINNED VEGETABLES, BUT MOSTLY CARROTS AND PEAS,
TINNED MACARONI
CURRY SAUCES
TINNED MEAT, BUT NOT HAM OR CORNED BEEF
TOILET ROLLS
LENTILS
COFFEE

 

Please see Ann`s email below 05/02/2020

Good evening, everyone,

 
Can you believe that we are about to celebrate 6 years of Basics Bank? I have a feeling that we will be going for quite a few years yet!
 
Our cafe was busy at times today. Our clients all seemed to arrive at once, so we had three teams making up bags for them. We are also busy sorting out our storage problems, but the future looks bright. We wait in hope......
 
Our stocks are in good shape, for the most part, but WE REALLY NEED DONATIONS OF THE FOLLOWING ITEMS:-
 
TINNED VEGETABLES, BUT MOSTLY CARROTS AND PEAS,
TINNED MACARONI
CURRY SAUCES
TINNED MEAT, BUT NOT HAM OR CORNED BEEF
TOILET ROLLS
LENTILS
COFFEE
 
Thank you immensely for your continued support through donations, volunteering to bake, make soup and prayers.
 
Regards,
 
Anne
 
P.S. If you are one of our prayer warriors, please include our storage problems in your prayers. Thank you

You can leave any donations in the church any day before the service or hand to an elder on the day or place them in front of the communion table before/after the service.  Thank you very much.

Basics Bank will resume on Wednesday 8 January 2020.

 

Items Required: Tinned Vegtables

PLEASE DO NOT DONATE CEREAL, SOUP, BAKED BEANS, PASTA, TEA OR MILK AT PRESENT.

Please see Ann`s email. 8th January 2020

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Good evening everyone,

A busy first day back for us all with new clients along with existing clients and friends creating a lovely atmosphere in the cafe. 

 

Our donations over the last few weeks have been amazing! We cannot thank you enough for all your support. All the churches, schools, after school club, individuals too many to mention, businesses et al have surpassed all our expectations. We have so much to sort out, but that is a healthy position to be in. 

 

We always need to replenish our tins of vegetables. PLEASE DO NOT DONATE CEREAL, SOUP, BAKED BEANS, PASTA, TEA OR MILK AT PRESENT.

 

As we move into 2020, please continue to support those in our community who are in need of our help through no fault of their own. Prayers are so much appreciated.

 

Blessings to you all,

 

Anne

Food bank The next collection will be Sunday 8th December

 

Required items:- JAM, TOILET ROLL, WASHING POWDER/GEL/TABLETS, HAM, TINNED VEGETABLES, MINCE, CHICKEN (NOT IN A SAUCE) and WHITE PASTA SAUCE ( as you would use for Lasagne).
 
PLEASE, PLEASE NOTE THAT WE DO NOT NEED PASTA, BAKED BEANS, SOUP, CEREAL or NAPPIES.

 

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Please see Anns email 22nd November 2019

Good morning, everyone.

 
I apologise for running late with this update. I was so unwell yesterday, I didn't achieve anything. I am beginning to feel better this morning and I hope those of you who need this information for your churches still have time to include it.
 
The build up to Christmas is beginning to affect many families in our town. However, it is a hard time for so many more folks than we know about. All these adverts on tv for toys and the "must have" games are putting so much pressure on every family. Not one of these items are cheap....... There is a saying about giving only 4 presents - "something you want, something you need, something to wear and something to read". However, we all know that lots of parents feel more pressure than that.
 
Our requests this week are for:- JAM, TOILET ROLL, WASHING POWDER/GEL/TABLETS, HAM, TINNED VEGETABLES, MINCE, CHICKEN (NOT IN A SAUCE) and WHITE PASTA SAUCE ( as you would use for Lasagne).
 
PLEASE, PLEASE NOTE THAT WE DO NOT NEED PASTA, BAKED BEANS, SOUP, CEREAL or NAPPIES.
 
Thank you all for your continued support.
 
Regards to all,
 
Anne

The next foodbank collection will be on Sunday the 10th November.

 

The food bank require: 

We would love some donations of Tinned Fruit, Tinned Macaroni, Irish Stew and Chicken In White sauce .

PLEASE DO NOT DONATE PASTA, TINS OF BEANS or NAPPIES AT THIS TIME. 

 

Please see Ann`s emails below:

07/11/2019

Good evening, everyone,

 
What a miserable evening! Rain, rain, please go away........
 
Perhaps due to the weather, our cafe area was quieter yesterday. However, our warming soup, 
lovely home baking with tea/coffee were enjoyed by all who were there.
 
It is wonderful to see Christmas biscuits and gifts being donated already. Please try not to donate
Selection Boxes. We also are repeating our Christmas Day Lunch this year and everyone who attends will receive a gift from Santa. 
 
PLEASE DO NOT DONATE PASTA, TINS OF BEANS or NAPPIES AT THIS TIME. 
 
We would love some donations of Tinned Fruit, Tinned Macaroni, Irish Stew and Chicken In White
Sauce.
 
Please also consider vouchers/gift cards from The Bakery, Crunchy Carrot, Butchers, Coop or Asda.
 
As always, your help is so much appreciated.
 
Regards,
 
Anne

 

31/10/2019

Good morning everyone.

 
I don't know how to explain how excited and delighted we were to receive 435kg of food donations
yesterday. This was mainly due to donations from both Dunbar Primary School campuses, Lochend
and John Muir and Stenton Primary School. Thank you all so much! We had 12 crates and 30 bags of food
to weigh in and sort out. Grateful thanks to the volunteers who ploughed their way through that and made 
sure it was all put away safely. 
 
Our grateful thanks also go to our regular donors who keep us going all year long. 
 
Our cafe was a bit quieter yesterday, but those who were there enjoyed the soup, baking and chat. 
 
Please may I request some tinned vegetarian meals and sugar? In the run up to Christmas, we would also 
appreciate donations of gift vouchers from the Butcher's, The Bakery, Crunchy Carrot, Coop or Asda. 
 
Our continued appreciation for all you guys do for us. 
 
Regards,
 
Anne

Food bank - Items Required Sunday 8th September 2019

  

The food bank would welcome donations of:

COFFEE, JAM, tins of SPAGHETTI, TOILET ROLLS, tinned VEGETABLES (not peas) and SUGAR.

 

(Copy on Anns email dated 30th August)

Good morning, everyone.

 
Another busy day for us at Basics Bank, with quite a few of our volunteers not being around for various reasons. However, we all pulled together and made it through the day.
 
More referrals came in this week, so this need for the Food Bank is not going away. The relief on clients' faces when they realise that we can help them is so wonderful to see. One less thing for them to worry about.
 
We could do with donations of the following : - COFFEE, JAM, tins of SPAGHETTI, TOILET ROLLS, tinned VEGETABLES (not peas) and SUGAR.
 
Thanks so much for the wonderful donations of carrier bags. Keep them coming, though as we do use a lot of them.
 
Blessings to you all.
 
Anne

The next Foodbank Collection will be - Sunday 11th August.

They require:

  • Tinned vegetables
  • Dried rice 

  • Smaller tins of meat (Haggis)

  • Jam
  • Sugar

They are becoming short of bags, preferably bags for life. Please could you donate some - used or new.   You can have a weekly update via email by signing up as a Basics Bank Buddy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

PLEASE DO NOT DONATE BEANS, SOUP or PASTA at PRESENT.

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Copy of Anns Email sent Friday 2nd August

Good evening everyone. 

 
I hope this finds you all well. The holidays are about to come to an end, but we have Summer Club next week, the story of Jonah so the youngsters with be having "a whale of a time!!!!!" If you know of any children going into P2 - P7, there are still some spaces left. This means that Basics Bank will be later next week. (Pamela, please take note - if you hand in baking too early, it may get lost in summer club). 
 
Our stocks are quite healthy at the moment, but please consider donating jam, sugar, haggis and dried rice.
 
PLEASE DO NOT DONATE SOUP, BEANS OR PASTA AT PRESENT. 

Cafe continues to be a welcoming place for folks to meet. We are blessed to have volunteers who make soup and bake for us.
 
Regards to you all and continued thanks for all your support.
 
Anne

 

 

On the second Sunday of each month, Spott Parish Church donates food items to our local Food Bank which is organised within Dunbar Parish Church hall by Margaret Croft and Anne Creedican. Each month, Anne sends us a Food Band Buddy e-mail that gives us news about Food Bank matters and also suggests some items that would help replenish some deficiencies in their current stock items. 

 

Below is a copy of Anne's latest FB Buddy e-mail.

 

Good afternoon, everyone. The rain appears to have stopped and it is now not such a dreich day. Gosh, our weather

keeps us all guessing these days.....

 

We had a quieter day than we were expecting at Basics Bank yesterday. Some of our regular visitors were missing. However, it gives us a chance to do stock checks and have more time for those folks who are around.

 

We are continually grateful to all the volunteers who make soup for us and bake for us. One of regular visitors didn't

realise we had a rota to cover soup and baking. Where they thought it was coming from is anyone's guess, but it is so appreciated by all.

 

We were delighted to have an extra visitor yesterday and a new collection tub is on its way to Belhaven Parish Church.

That means that most of the local churches have a collection tub. Dunbar Parish Church, St Anne's, Our Lady of the Waves, Belhaven Parish Church and Spott Church. We are also supported well from Pencaitland Parish Church.

 

Certain items are still missing from our shelves.

 

WE NEED TINS OF CHILLI CON CARNE (is there a shortage right now?), TINNED HAM, TINNED FRUIT, CUSTARD AND RICE PUDDING.

 

PLEASE, NO MORE BEANS OR SOUP......

 

 We continue to value all your support. A tin in the bin, a prayer or a message to a friend. We need you all to help us continue with our support to those folks who are struggling right now. Our association with The Ridge continues to flourish and together, we can make a difference. Believe me, it is a great job you are all doing.

 

Blessings to you all,

 

Anne

 

Dear All,

Just a reminder that Food Bank donations will be received on Sunday 10th March 2019. My latest food bank-buddie e-mail from Anne Credican is below:-

 Good afternoon, everyone.

 
The good weather seems to have come back today, thankfully. Everyone is much happier when the sun is shining, even in February......
 
We have had yet another extremely busy week, giving out almost 4 times the amount we gathered in. Great busy cafe, just what we like to have.
 
IN GREAT NEED OF DONATIONS OF THE FOLLOWING ITEMS:- (GREEN FOR GO.....)
 
BISCUITS, DILUTING JUICE, COFFEE, TINNED MINCE, TINNED VEGETABLES, SUGAR.
 
WE DO NOT REQUIRE (RED FOR NO THANKS) :-
BAKED BEANS, TOILETRIES, CEREAL, SOUP.
 
Many thanks, yet again, for all your continued support.
 
Regards,
 
Anne