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!

Norfolk feeds 5000logo243Christians 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 

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Norfolk Feeds 5000 is a research project which aims to establish the extent to which the Christian community across Norfolk is meeting the simple command of Jesus to "feed the hungry".

Christian churches, groups and individuals across Norfolk meet the needs of the hungry and the thirsty every day of the year through foodbanks, free community meals, homeless projects, soup runs, Messy Church and other activities.
A simple survey has been conducted to attempt to quantify the extent to which this is happening and the findings of the survey will be published here, including many of the stories about the projects which feed people throughout Norfolk.
The project is supported by Celebrate Norfolk, Network Norfolk, Christian Aid, the Diocese of Norwich, Good News for Norwich & Norfolk and Bright Map and is named after the Bible story of the Feeding of The 5000.

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