In England, Adventist member’s idea triggers an unlikely partnership that is feeding thousands.
A community hub based at the Stanborough Park Seventh-day Adventist church in Watford, England, is currently serving more than 3,000 hot meals a week and supplying 800 grocery food parcels for vulnerable families.
Meals and groceries are provided for children who are not currently benefiting from free school meals and also for those families that are struggling. Teachers call on a regular basis to collect and distribute according to need, while parcels are made up for single parents with children. Keeping-in-touch phone calls and bereavement support are also provided.
The “One Vision” project is a community initiative started by church member Enoch Kanagaraj. It began three years ago with a simple Community Chaplaincy Service based at the Stanborough Park church. The primary aim was to establish where help was required and then to meet those needs. The pastoral team of the church suggested that it might be a good idea to extend the project by inviting other community groups to partner with them in a joint venture.
- A young volunteer helps prepare food bags to be distributed in the north Watford community in England, particularly for those most affected by the COVID-19 lockdown. [Photo: Trans-European Division News]
- One Vision poster, provided by the Watford Borough Council. [Image: One Vision]
- Volunteers help sort out meal package donations for children who are not currently benefiting from free school meals and for struggling families. [Photo: Trans-European Division News]
Kanagaraj recognized that a number of local charity groups and organizations were often run by a single person. By pooling resources and working together, they could achieve much more. Kanagaraj works for a supermarket chain that promotes community values. He had already established some connections through the Foodshare scheme, which collects food donations from customers, providing groceries for people struggling financially to feed their families.