Great local food, lovingly made, for everyone

Published: Monday May 4, 2020

A message from Bishop Rachel 

Feeding the 5,000 -Great local food, lovingly made, for everyone

Dear all

You may be aware of a project we are involved in called Feeding the 5,000. In response to the Covid-19 crisis we joined forces with The Long Table, a Christian social enterprise based in Stroud, to provide healthy, home cooked food across the diocese. Everyone needs food and the big vision is one of ensuring that everyone is invited to the table regardless of wealth or situation.

Whether people are self-isolating, or in a place of struggle, or a household simply wanting to order a great healthy and delicious dinner, these ready meals are delivered to people’s doors. The meals are cooked locally and delivered frozen so you can microwave, heat in the oven or store for later. The Bishopscourt freezer has welcomed a wonderful selection of meals from one of the Gloucester kitchens.

Everyone who pays for a meal is helping cover the cost of meals for those who are unable to afford food at this time. Furthermore, as part of this project we have also provided freezers in 11 hospitals across Gloucestershire where NHS staff have access to delicious meals at any time day or night, sustaining them through this gruelling time.

Below are flyers which provide all the contact details for how to order these meals across the county, just go to the area closest to where you live. I would be hugely grateful if you could share with as many people as possible across your community.

Furthermore if you have contact with households whose need for food is not being met, or if you know of local organisations/charities who would appreciate knowing about this project in order to support the people with whom they work, then please do pass on this information. And we would love to hear your stories of how you are involved in ordering, delivering or eating.

If you would like to find out more about the project then please visit Feeding the 5,000

Over the last four weeks we have delivered 19,000 meals across the diocese. I have been amazed at how much has been achieved in such a short space of time and it is a great witness to the sharing of the hope and love of Jesus Christ.


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