CAP Food Shop – Surrey Chapel
This food project, run by Christians Against Poverty from Surrey Chapel in Norwich does exactly what it says on the tin...people who are struggling are taken for a food shop!
Christians Against Poverty (CAP) clients who are unable to make ends meet financially, who are often in quite desperate situations, are accompanied to the supermarket with one of the CAP volunteers who will pay for the shop.
Project Manager John Graver explains, “We try to go to one of the discount supermarkets, so the money goes further, and the clients put what they need in the trolley. We’ll spend a minimum of £50 and it could be up to £150 for a family”. In some cases, clients are on such a low income that CAP Food Shop will continue to buy food for them until their situation has stabilised.
A common response to CAP Food Shop is for people to burst out crying. People are amazed and always ask, “Why are you doing it?”
John said, “We want to bless our clients and show God’s love in practical ways.”
CAP has always done this for people – John has been involved for 17 years and has experienced the joy of helping people in this way right from the start. This is just one of the ways that people are helped through CAP – in additional to the free debt counselling service and job club.
Project: CAP Food Shop
Who: Surrey Chapel
What: Supermarket shop
Where: Norwich area
How many: Approximately 4 people per week
Contact: www.capuk.org 0800 328 0006
Photo: Hampers made up by CAP Foodshop to be distributed to clients