Emsworth British Food Fortnight – A Boost of Kindness

One of the main aims of the organisers of the Emsworth British Food Fortnight is to appeal to as wide a section of the community as possible. Food is an ‘ingredient’ that binds us all together, it is often the cause of great joy and celebration but never let it be forgotten that it is also vital to sustain life itself. In the times we live there are sadly many members of the community who need support and the Emsworth British Food Fortnight is this year again providing support to the Beacon Food Bank.

Each day during the fortnight, there will be a number of food donation points throughout the village and the surrounding area –

  • The Southern Co-op – Emsworth, Westbourne and Southbourne

  • St Peter’s Square

  • Southbourne Farm shop

The food collected will then be used to build a Food Mountain as part of the Inter-denominational open-air Harvest Festival Service and donated to the Beacon Food Bank. The Beacon Food Bank covers the whole of the Havant Borough and has been providing help to people in need since 2009. The legacy of the last few Food Fortnights has led to The Southern Co-operative positioning a permanent food bank donation point in store and continue to allow Emsworth residents to support this worthwhile local support group.

This year’s open air inter-denominational Harvest Festival will take place in St.Peter’s Square on Sunday 7th October at 11.30am and will see Emsworth Churches and Schools come together to celebrate the harvest as well as being the culmination of this year’s event and the donating of Emsworth’s Food Mountain.

“Again, we were overwhelmed with the generosity of the Emsworth community during the last Emsworth British Food Fortnight.  Our stores were filled to overflowing and have lasted us well into the early summer months. We really value the commitment of the residents, traders and visitors to Emsworth who support us, both throughout the year and at this key time of the year when we prepare for the winter months and think of those in more need than ourselves. We achieve so much more together.” Ruth Scott, Beacon Food Bank

“There is always a buzz in our store as we approach Emsworth’s Food Fortnight. We really enjoy being part of it all with our tastings and the food bank. The people in and around Emsworth are so generous as we have a lot of customers that donate – some people make a special trip just to drop food off. Since we have been keeping the food bank in store all year round, we have seen even more generosity with all the food being donated to the Beacon Trust’s food bank. They collect once every two weeks and it is normally pretty full when they do! Obviously, we couldn’t do this without the support of all our customers so they deserve a big thank you for their kindness.” Anne Martin, Manager at Southern Co-op, Emsworth

“The Emsworth British Food Fortnight is a celebration of Emsworth and its food heritage but it’s also very much about community and the support of the Beacon Food Bank shows that the town of Emsworth recognises its responsibilities to people who need its support. We would like to thank the Southern Co-op, without whose support this would not be possible” Giles Babb, Emsworth Business Association

Beacon Food Bank is managed by Portsdown Community Church (Charity No. 290803) with support of other Havant Borough churches and donations of food from the general public. 

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