We are Still Collecting FOOD FOR THOSE IN NEED
WE HAVE HALTED OUR DOOR TO DOOR FOOD COLLECTIONS FOR THE PRESENT. HOWEVER WE HAVE A NUMBER OF FOOD COLLECTION DROP OFF POINTS. PLEASE USE ONE OF OUR DROP OFF POINTS SHOWN BELOW.
ALL YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS ARE VERY MUCH APPRECIATED.
Reading Lions provide a Free box which you place outside. We visit and empty weekly, with no contact required. Our Heroes input is minimal. It creates a local community initiative which engages with family, friends and neighbours alike.
Whether a regular donation of a can of food, Christmas stock or a commercial clear-out, we also make one off collections direct from individual donors.
Food you donate will be forwarded to vulnerable individuals, groups and families in Reading and appreciated more than you ever know. Making you a Hero in another’s eyes.
THE FOODS NEEDED:
The following are in great demand:
Tins of fruit, tuna, cooked meat
Pasta & sauces
Long life milk
Jam, Peanut butter
Cup a soup
PLEASE DO NOT DONATE if you or if any member of your household or someone within immediate contact with you are displaying symptoms of or are suffering with diagnosed Covid-19.
DESIGNATED DROP OFF POINTS
Please respect that these are offering assistance alongside their primary services and that you adhere to distancing rules when parking and dropping off.
|Tilehurst British Legion, Downing Road, Tilehurst, RG31 5BB. Wednesdays between 10.00am to 12.00 noon.|
|9 Armour Hill, Tilehurst, RG31 6JS - look out for 'Bruno' the wooden bear outside the house!|
|84 Thirlmere Avenue, Tilehurst RG30 6XL|
|34, Hayward Way, Tilehurst.|
|The Cooperative, The Colonade, Overdown Road (inside the shop on the left)|
|Victoria Pub, 1 Norcot Road, Tilehurst Reading, RG306BP (outside the front entrance)|
The Ironing Lady, 848, Oxford Road Reading, R30 1EL.
|Henry's Barbers, 149 The Meadway, Tilehurst, RG30 4AP|
|AW Cycles, 110 Henley Road, Caversham, RG4 6DH between 10.00am and 4.00pm. (please note: The shop is operating a closed door policy - Please ring the bell and a member of staff will collect).|
|Woodcote Way Post Office & News, 30, Woodcote Way, Caversham, RG4 7JH|
|Londis Caversham, 320 Hemdean Road, Caversham, RG4 7QS|
|Village Wine & Beer, 4 Cavendish Road, Caversham, RG4 8XU|
|Cooperative, 100 Southview Avenue, Caversham, RG4 5BB|
J's Food and Wine, 102, Royal Avenue, Calcot RG31 4UT
Please DO NOT DONATE If you or if any member of your household or someone within immediate contact with you are displaying symptoms of or are suffering with diagnosed Covid-19.
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WHO ARE WE SUPPORTING?
We will be donating our May food collection to 'New Beginnings' - a Reading charity dedicated to the relief of poverty, financial hardship and homelessness.
During the pandemic they have increased the opening of their Community Fridge to every weekday providing food and living essentials to an average of 50 individuals and 23 families every day. Once a week they also provide a hot meal, cake and fruit to takeaway to those in need.
We are also donating our food collections to the local foodbank managed by Whitley Community Development Association in Whitley. They need all the help we can give as demand is increasing.
"Thank you Lions for your support. Your donation today to Whitley Community development association is really appreciated."
We are all living in unprecedented times but Reading Lions Club is here to help when it can. Contact us if you know of someone in need of assistance or of a local cause that needs support.
Our wider community has been fantastic in offering support but as we return to life outside of lock down, many volunteers will need to return to work. Unfortunately for many, the need for support continues. All food donated will be delivered by Reading Lions to charities, groups and individuals in need in Reading.
We cannot thank those participating individually, so thank you so much for ensuring others are not going hungry today. You are all Heroes.
A big thank you to Lillian and her neighbours who are collecting for us on a regular basis - your contributions are amazing!
The Lions Club of Reading is a registered charity (No. 1126848) - All club members are volunteers offering their time freely to support those in need in Reading.
WE ARE HELPING DURING THE CRISIS IN OTHER WAYS TOO:
- provided a new TV for a young person with mental health challenges living in isolation
- provided bags of food and bamboo mugs for the 'New Beginnings' charity to feed the needy and homeless
- supported the local volunteer 'blood bike' riders to enable theme to continue their valuable work
- supported the local 'love of scrubs' team so they could purchase materials to make scrubs and scrub bags
- donated supplies of mops, buckets and cleaning liquids to a local Women's refuge for use in their homes.
- provided a donation to the ICU nurses at the Royal Berkshire Hospital so they can easily access healthy food whilst 'on the go'.
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We continue to look at new ways to help those in need. Contact us if you know of someone in need of assistance or of a local cause that needs support. The Lions Club of Reading is a registered charity (No. 1126848) - All club members are volunteers offering their time freely to support those in need in Reading.
The One Reading Community response hub action line is now live - call if you need help or can volunteer
Reading Voluntary Action
The phone line is open 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, and 9am to 1pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Residents, volunteers, businesses and organisations can also get in contact with the One Reading Community Hub online at https://www.reading.gov.uk/coronavirussupport