The footballer (and hero to many) Marcus Rashford started a campaign back in June to bring to the government’s attention the plight of low- income families struggling to put food on the table. A particularly difficult time for these families is during the school holidays when free school meals are not available and tight budgets are squeezed even further. The COVID pandemic has perpetuated this issue even more with the charity Food For Life reporting “Covid-19 has driven a surge in free
school meal registrations. As the school holidays approach, millions of children are at risk of going hungry.”
Hot on the heels of her December project of supplying Christmas meals to the elderly and vulnerable, our very own hero, Rachel Maclure, has set in motion The Family Food Club. Launching at Easter, the plan is to serve hot and healthy takeaway meals and food parcels from St John’s Church Hall on Wednesday 7 th April and Wednesday 14 th April following all COVID safety guidelines. Local businesses have been approached for food donations and we have reached out to volunteers
that participated in the Shelter project for their time and have had an outstanding response.
If you would like to financially contribute, it would be much appreciated (You can click here to give) or if you know of any food companies that could donate ingredients, please do get in touch. We are working with local schools for referrals/ newsletter outreach to any families, if you or any families that you know would benefit from the Family Food Club, please do not hesitate to reach out to Rachel to book some meals. It is projects like these that really make our Church family and community special and makes St John’s with St Mary’s, your church at the heart of Isleworth. As Jesus reminds us in Luke 10:27 “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbour as yourself.”