Purley Food Hub

Fri 20/03/20


With the greatest regret Purley Food Hub will close temporarily after Saturday 28th March.

Trevor Jones, Chair of Trustees, and Helen Harris, Chair of the Management Committee, write:

"It is with much regret that for a variety of reasons and to keep everyone safe the Food Hub in its current format will be suspended after Saturday 28th March until further notice. 

"The decision to resume operation will be reviewed regularly, and when we reopen the Food Hub may work in a restricted way in terms of timings and the amount of food we can share until the current crisis passes.

"After 28th March we will review our stocks and consider how best we can share what God has blessed us with. We are exploring ways in which we will still be able to assist in specific instances of local need which are not being met in other ways."

St. Mary’s supports the Purley food hub which was set up in January 2013 by the 12 churches of Purley & Kenley Churches Together.

Who Purley food hub help

They help people in crisis who are without food. Clients may have become unemployed, suffering illness or had a sudden, unexpected change in their circumstances at home. They may have had their benefits stopped and are going through the appeal process. A series of events coming together may have left them unable to buy food for their basic needs.


How Purley food hub help

They provide a balanced diet of long life food for our clients to use to prepare meals at home.

They also seek to direct clients to agencies which can give them further practical help. 


Where does the food come from?

By generous donations from the local churches, schools, businesses, Rotary Clubs and Women’s Institutes and many individuals and families, and also from collections at supermarkets. Each month a food list is drawn up of the items most needed for clients.


How is the food given?

Food is given to clients who present a food ticket – it is not a drop-in. Clients bring the ticket to the food distribution centre at Purley United Reformed Church in central Purley, where they are made welcome and given food for 3 meals a day for 3 days for each member of their family.

How do clients get food tickets?

Purley food hub has more than 80 food ticket partners. These are agencies and professionals across the borough who work closely with people in crisis, and they refer clients to the hub by ticket. Partners include job centres, teams and departments of Croydon Council, hostels and refuges, children’s centres and schools, and a wide range of voluntary care organisations.