This year, January-October 2018, we have helped 8,333 local residents living in crisis, by supplying over 74,900 meals (this is more than a meal for everyone at a capacity Murrayfield Stadium!). EFP staff and volunteers have also been working hard to develop our foodbank centres into Support Hubs where clients can collect food parcels, have a cup of tea and chat with our volunteers but now also have the opportunity to engage with support professionals on a variety of issues such as employment opportunities, housing information and welfare advice.
With Universal Credit rolling out in Edinburgh on November the 28th, the first payment being January the 3rd, (just think about that for a second…) and the cold weather creating an increased demand we are preparing for our busiest Christmas ever, and we are asking for your help! No matter how small, every single donation, will enable us support those in need in our community.
We have set out below some easy and different ways you are able to donate this Christmas.
Below are two of the easiest (and free) ways you can support us.When you are heading to Amazon to do your shopping this year use Smile.Amazon instead – all the prices are the same, for you the shopper, but EFP get 0.5% of your basket cost donated to us by Amazon.When shopping online why not go via EasyFundraising and choose us as your good cause. It works just like the cashback sites that you always see advertised on the TV, except the stores donate to us!
Always remember to choose Edinburgh Food Project as your good cause!
Did you know…
for every person we help, per month, it costs us £4.50 in running costs?
Running costs, to name only a few include; warehouse rent, energy bills, telephone and internet costs, diesel and office supplies.
There are a few ways you can make financial donations directly to us, to help cover these costs.
Commit to donating £5 per month, every month. Think of it as “the gift that keeps on giving” This commitment will allow us to budget and prepare for the future and to ensure we are able to continue to support local people in poverty.
Text MEAL33 £5 to 70070 to donate a one-off donation of £5 to help someone in need this Christmas.
Here are a few ideas to put the FUN in fundraising. No one said supporting us had to be boring!!
Christmas Jumper Day – Everyone in your workplace, school, community group (where isn’t important!) all pick a date, wear a Christmas jumper and donate £1 to the foodbank.
Bake Sale – when you can’t possibly eat another mince pie, have a bake sale! Donate any proceeds from the sale to Edinburgh Food Project.
Secret Santa – does anyone actually enjoy doing secret Santa? So much pressure to get a good gift, for £5, for someone you barely know. New plan this year, instead of doing secret Santa donate your £5 to Edinburgh Food Project.
Food, the reason we are here. Each parcel we provide our clients contains
3 meals for 3 days, for everyone in the family (we even have pet food).
There are load of different ways you can donate to us:
Directly into supermarket collection baskets – find locations HERE
An online order direct to our warehouse (please let us know first) – contact details HERE
Dropping off at our warehouse – winter opening times at bottom of email
Dropping off at a foodbank centre (very small donations only) – locations HERE
At our final in-store supermarket collections of the year:
Tesco South Queensferry & Tesco Corstorphine
29th & 30th of November and 1st of December (09:00-17:00)
Sainsburys Cameron Toll
10th of December (09:00-17:00)
P.S we also collect every day toiletries and household cleaning items (please no sanitary products, we are well stocked)
Thank you to everyone who has donated, will donate and have encouraged others to donate.
We quite simply would not be able to help so many people, living in crisis, if it was not for the generosity and kindness of all of our donors.
Bethany (Operations Manager)
P.S Our warehouse/office will be open Monday-Friday 09:00-16:00 from the 1st of December until the 20th of December, and 09:00-15:00 on the 21st of December. We will then reopen on the 3rd of January at 09:00.