Will you help provide food aid today?
An unexpected bill.
That’s all it takes for a family in work to find themselves going hungry.
Simon and Fiona (not their real names) both have jobs. Simon works during the day and Fiona in the evenings so that they don’t have to pay for childcare for their three young children.
But both are on low wages and their weekly budget is tight, with no leeway for anything to go wrong.
So when their car failed its MOT they faced a crisis. Like so many others, they depend on it to get to work.
And that week they faced the additional pressure of wanting to attend a family funeral some distance from home.
For each referral Blythswood’s foodbanks provide an assortment of food, more than sufficient for three days. Most of the food is donated by the public while Foodbank’s running costs are met by Blythswood supporters like you.
“Simon and Fiona were overwhelmed with the generosity and kindness they received,” Lorna says. “When they received their next pay, they actually donated items back to Foodbank.”
Just think: a gift from you can prevent a family like this from falling into debt today.
At home and abroad, food aid continues to be a significant part of Blythswood’s ministry. A young man named Prosper was one of 60 children in Zimbabwe for whom Blythswood paid school fees in 2019. But by October the 17-year-old was facing a more fundamental need: he was hungry.
Any food crisis inevitably hits the poorest first and two thirds of the children whose education we were sponsoring didn’t have enough to eat. Many are orphans in the care of grandparents or older siblings. Prosper has lived alone since the death of his grandmother and receives no help from an older brother and sister, thought to be in South Africa.
Either they had to spend money to keep the car on the road and then cut back on food for several weeks or else take out a pay-day loan.
“Fortunately a friend talked them out of getting into debt,” says Lorna Dempster, manager of Blythswood Care’s Highland Foodbank. “Their local Citizens’ Advice Bureau referred them to Foodbank three times which was just enough to keep them from going hungry until their wages reached their accounts.”
An unexpected bill can leave a family
without money for food
Thanks to the generosity of Blythswood supporters like you, Prosper is once again able to prepare his mealie meal porridge before he heads out the door for another day at school.
With your help our partner organisation in Zimbabwe was able to obtain the staple foodstuff from local producers and distribute it to the households of 42 vulnerable children.
Yes, a gift from you can give a hungry child the energy he needs to go back to school today.
The close link between food and education characterises Blythswood’s work in three continents. Learning to read, write and count changes lives for good. But a child who is hungry and malnourished cannot study.
Your gifts give young people such as Prosper the nutrition they need to grow, play and learn
In India, in Kenya, in Moldova, in Serbia the poorest children have the same basic need. Your gifts feed children in all these countries, giving them the energy they need to grow, play and learn. And in Romania, Blythswood’s long-running after-school programme called Talita Kum is known to the children simply as the cantina. You can guess what that means!
When our Saviour told his disciples to feed the multitude, the task seemed impossible. We, too, may feel like Andrew who said to Jesus: “There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?”
But let’s remember how the story ends. The Lord uses our limited resources to achieve his great purposes. That is why I believe that as a Christian organisation committed to sharing the gospel we cannot ignore the basic human need of those who are hungry.
Please send a gift for food aid today. Whatever you can give, great or small, will be significant for those who are hungry. With your help we seek to transform lives through Christian care for body and soul. Thank you for being part of this ministry.