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New research has revealed that Christian groups and churches across Norfolk feed an incredible 7,000 people every month of the year, following the example and command of Jesus Christ to ‘feed the hungry’.
'Do Drop In' community cafe opened in Sheringham Methodist Church in May 2016. Those who attend enjoy a jacket potato with filling plus dessert and a 'joke of the week'.
The Lunch Club at St Luke's Church in Norwich provides a nutritious two course meal for elderly people in the community, as well as good company and a varied programme of entertainment.
The Mid Norfolk foodbank began in 2012 and last year supplied 1,849 emergency three-day food parcels to people in financial crisis across Dereham, Swaffham and Fakenham.
Every Friday, SOUL Church serves a free hot meal to the community – and transport from the city centre so people are able to access it.
The monthly Friends and Neighbours group in Loddon is a place for those who have been widowed, male or female, to share a meal or afternoon tea together as well as support and friendship.
Norwich foodbank is a phenomenon. In the last year it has given out 8,790 food parcels to families in crisis – that represents an amazing 79,100 meals. It also runs school holiday clubs for low income families at multiple sites around greater Norwich.
Last year Thetford Foodbank distributed 719 emergency food packages for 1,397 people living in Norfolk in desperate need - 392 of which were children. This equates to around 13.5 tonnes of food distributed by the team of volunteers.
For women and young people who experience sexual exploitation in Norfolk, The Magdalene Group provides a lifeline. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday lunchtime they host a drop-in with a hot meal at their homely King Street premises in central Norwich.
The Fountain at Shouldham is a 'fresh expression' of church for those who do not currently belong to a 'traditional' church. The ministry, which regularly involves food, has been running for five years in Shouldham, West Norfolk.
Each week King’s Community Church in central Norwich hosts a Sunday lunch from 2pm – 4pm giving who whose are sleeping rough or have other needs a place of friendship and practical help with laundry facilities and showers available.
St Mary’s Church in Newton Flotman, South Norwich is fundraising to become the first church in the country to provide a village shop vending machine within its building.
The two course meal at Reepham Messy Church gives helpers and families the opportunity to eat and chat together and build a sense of community.
St Augustine’s Church in Norwich host a lunch club every Monday for vulnerable members of the community. The club is run by volunteers from the church and from local Christian charity City Saints in Action.
The Lighthouse Community Church in Sheringham offers a community meal every Thursday lunchtime, comprising a two-course set meal for only £5, open to anyone in the community of any age.
The Box is a long-running weekly youth group run by Sprowston Methodist Church every Thursday evening. This year along with the games, group activities and Christian based talk, the team began trialling a free sit down evening meal for the young people.
The Pathway Cafe and Resource Centre based at the Mission Ministry in Great Yarmouth serves around 90 three-course dinners on weekdays plus soup and a one dish main course on Saturdays to the marginalised in the community.
The Community Matters Cafe in Cromer is a free meal facility for anyone in the community, but particularly socially excluded people struggling with issues of finance, substance abuse, poor mental health or the elderly who wrestle with isolation.
In October 2012 the Church of the Nazarene in Thetford began hosting Messy Church. Almost five years later this Messy Church, which always includes a home-cooked evening meal, has become a fully functioning church appealing particularly to families.
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