Selsdon Contact, Selsdon Centre for the Retired, Monks Hill Food Stop, the local Selsdon Churches, GP Surgeries, Vintage 62, Sainsbury and Aldi are all working together to provide a bag of shopping to the most vulnerable residents living in the Selsdon area.
In its first week of operation the Selsdon Food Hub has delivered a free week's worth of shopping to 140 elderly and vulnerable residents across the local area, it has also helped with prescription collection and provided a telephone befriending service for a number of lonely and isolated residents.
Jaz Potter from Croydon Jubilee Church said: -
"The response from the community has been amazing. In just over a week our WhatsApp group has grown to over 100 members and the Facebook page has nearly 800 members.
The acts of kindness I have seen this week have been deeply moving. Twice this week, as I approached the supermarket checkout, someone has stepped forward to pay for all the groceries, the second time the bill was nearly £100, as the lady offered, all the customers in Aldi began to cheer and I found myself moved to tears. I hope we never forget the lessons we are learning right now.
It has been a truly inspiring week, but we are not resting on our laurels, we are now aiming to sign up street champions for every street in Selsdon. The aim of the champion is to make sure that their friends and neighbours feel supported during these challenging times.
The food donations boxes are situated just by the entrance to Sainsbury’s in Selsdon. Alternatively, you can make cash donations through the Selsdon Contact Website https://www.selsdoncontact.org.uk/.
To sign up as a street champion and keep up to date with the latest developments you can join the following groups:-
Facebook:- Coronavirus Selsdon Support
WhatsApp:- Selsdon Covid 19 Support
Please remember the food stop service on Monks Hill (St. Francis Church) and the Vine Food Bank service in New Addington are also in operation and need donations.”