‘Spend a day with me and you will see the need for a food bank in Bude’

Former landlady, Sue Jarvis has spent over 40 years running a pub in Bude.

In the last few years, she has swapped her business for a life of volunteering, dedicated to a community and project she loves.

Sue now heads up the Bude Food Bank project helping around 60-70 families each month. She tells us “Over the last few years the need for a food bank in the area has grown and grown. You only need to spend a day with me and you will see the exceptional need for a food bank in Bude. We live in a beautiful part of the UK but a lack of jobs and seasonal employment means that there are a lot of people that simply don’t even have the basics”.

Bude Food Bank, based in Berries Avenue costs around £12k to run each year and benefits hugely from the support of local organisations including churches, community groups, schools and high street shops. Sue said “We simply couldn’t run our services without the amazing support of our local community. It’s been fantastic to see food and money arrive as we know that every donation makes a huge difference to many struggling families in Bude and the surrounding area”.

People needing support are given food parcels and are also able to visit the centre for refreshments and someone to talk to if they need help or advice. The food bank team is made up completely of volunteers.

We’ve seen grown men cry

Sue said “We’re a small team but have a big desire to support as many people as we can. We’ve seen grown men cry as a result of being able to offer them a little bit of help. There are lots of people out there who simply can’t make ends meet. Poverty is a real issue in our area, make no mistake. It could happen to any of us in an instance too. We don’t judge anyone, we’re just here to help people”.

Sue hopes that more local people will offer support. “We always need food donations, we also need people to pass on the word about what we do. If you pray, please pray for our work. If you can support us with a donation, then please help us financially. It costs £40 to provide a family of four with basic food for a week. It would be great if people could support us in any way that they can – the best way to do this is by setting up a monthly donation at www.budefoodbank.org.uk. Anything from as little as £3 per month will make such a difference to the people we support”.

For more information on the Food Bank contact Sue Jarvis on 01288 488748 or email foodbank@oceanscommunitychurch.co.uk