King’s Pantry Food Bank
King’s Pantry is our food bank that provides regular, practical support for local people in financial need. The Food Bank started in 2013, supporting families working through debt issues in partnership with Harpenden Money Advice Centre. At the start of the Covid pandemic, we joined with The Salvation Army to support Harpenden Cares, and during that year, we delivered 2,300 food parcels to just fewer than 100 households.
Now Bethany Community Church and The Salvation Army run the King’s Pantry as a shared project. With support from Harpenden Town Council and the Harpenden Trust, we now have a dedicated food store at The Salvation Army Hall and continue to provide support to families in need in the Harpenden area.
Each food parcel provided will consist of a range of items including tinned and dried foods and household products. We also work with The Hygiene Bank to provide a parcel of toiletries and other household items each month.
Each food parcel will consist of a range of items, including tinned and dried foods and household products. We also work with The Hygiene Bank to provide a parcel of toiletries and other household items each month.
Through King’s Pantry and Harpenden Money Advice Centre (HMAC), we have seen a number of people’s lives turned around. It is great to have the opportunity to show people the unconditional love of God through practical support. The good news is that we are seeing households get to the point where they no longer need our support. Their finances are moving in the right direction, and they are out of debt. King’s Pantry is supported by a great team of volunteers who sacrificially give their time to this amazing work.
How to donate: For the most part food that we give out is supplied by local donations. A number of local groups, schools, churches and other organisations provide food on a regular basis as well as through appeals such as Harvest festivals and Christmas collections.
Donations can be made at the Co-op’s in Southdown and Batford, throughout the week or at The Salvation Army hall on Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 09:30 and 11:30am.
Kings Pantry at Christmas: Each Christmas we provide Christmas hampers to local families in need. In recent years we have been supported in this by Harpenden Academy and St George’s School through their Christmas gift schemes, whose support enables us to bless clients at a particularly difficult time of year.
If you are struggling to feed your family the Food Bank takes referrals through a number of agencies, including Harpenden Money Advice Centre, Harpenden Trust, Citizens Advice and local Churches.