It would appear that Worthing Food Bank as it currently exists is a Trussell Trust project which is open to anybody to join. The Trussell Trust have told me that this food bank has been existing for a number of years and have fed a lot of people. However when I applied to join the food bank I was sent an application form to join the Jubilee Church. No mention was made of the Trussell Trust. (Prospective volunteer)
Worthing Food Bank is a successful project, which has helped provide food for over 1000 people in the town. The Trussell Trust model has been used across the UK, and they run 325 foodbanks supporting an estimated 290,000 people. But in the very first line on the very first page of the Worthing Food Banks website, it says it ‘is run by Jubilee Community Church’, and the Food Bank’s pages online are part of the Jubilee Church website.
Jubilee Church has been the driving force behind Abort67, the campaign group known for displaying graphic images of aborted foetuses outside Wiston’s Clinic on Dyke Road. The group have been accused of intimidating women entering the clinic and two members of the Church have been charged under Section 5 of the Public Order Act 1986 for causing harassment, alarm or distress (Brighton Pro Choice)
Understandably, some local residents are unhappy about supporting a church whose leader has said “I agree with Abort67’s pro-life message and if people do not like that I can’t do anything about it as a Christian.”
When it comes to organisations, one part of the work reflects on every other. An oil spill in Africa is bad for business in Britain. Poor working conditions in China mean people in England don’t buy your trainers. This is why organisations like Christian Aid use boycotting as a campaign tool – it’s powerful, immediate and effective.
So Worthing resident Barbara Cole is bringing people together, to see if it’s time to provide an alternative to the Jubilee Church Food Bank. She’s proposing a People’s Food Bank, with the people who use the service being involved in running it. It’s easy to say ‘we already have one here – we don’t need another’. But we about have forty churches, and over twenty supermarkets. Surely, there’s room for two food banks? If you think so too, drop Barbara an email.