All requests for food parcels are received from Milton Keynes Children's Social Services. Over the years the Food Cupboard has become a prime unbiased source upon which these professional people call for emergency short-term support for families in need.
Food is delivered directly to the door of every recipient family, with no cost to themselves. The service is provided through voluntary donation; be it food, time or financial support.
There are two food packs distributed by Food Cupboard: one which provides the basic food needed to feed a family of four for one week and one for a small family, (single parent and baby or very young child (with nappies and baby milk/food as required)). The packs include non-perishable, frozen and fresh food. An adjustment is made for family size by increasing or decreasing the frozen and fresh food. Larger families may well receive a ‘double pack’ made up of two complete packs.
During 2014 we delivered 261 food parcels which helped feed 316 adults and 504 children, of which 79 were babies who received the additional support of nappies and baby food/milk. This is very close to an average of one parcel a day throughout the year.
For Christmas 2014 we provided hampers with festive food and four or five individually wrapped and labelled presents for every member of 52 designated families. This resulted in 73 Adults and 159 Children being able to actively celebrate the Christmas festival. As well as this, we provided food and some presents for 28 families who were housed in MK ACT Women's Refuge over Christmas. Thus 80 families were supported during Christmas 2014, making a total of 101 Adults and 195 children (17 of whom were babies 18-months-old or younger). We provided, wrapped and labelled almost 1000 presents!