Woking Food Bank

AN ALMS-giving ceremony was held in Jubilee Square last Sunday to collect food donations for the homeless.

Deputy Mayor Saj Hussain alongside Woking’s Abbot of Wat Phra Dhammakaya London

The two-hour event, on 11 August, was organised by the Wat Phra Dhammakaya London, the Buddhist organisation based in the Woking temple.

It supported two local charities, the Woking Foodbank and the York Road Project, which were both represented at the ceremony.

A local woman makes a donation

It was described as “a special event to gather and share with one heart …. to help homeless people in need by way of a food-offering ceremony”.

The opening speech was made by the Deputy Mayor of Woking, Cllr Saj Hussain, with a response from the Abbot of Wat Phra Dhammakaya London in Woking.

The giving of alms to the monks began after periods of reflection and meditation.

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WITH demand for support from disadvantaged people still growing, Woking Foodbank has run out of several popular items.

It particularly needs donations of UHT milk, canned fruit, jars of pasta sauce, long-life fruit juice, crisps and long-life snacks for lunchboxes, washing detergent and long-life sponge puddings.

Volunteers at Woking Foodbank sorting through much needed supplies

Babies’ nappies in sizes 3 and 4 – which are asked for most – are also urgently needed.

A spokesman for the centre said: “We have been getting busier and busier with families and others needing food and the other essentials we supply.

“We had plenty of supplies after last year’s harvest festival and at the beginning of the year, but donations fall off at this time of year.”

Donations can be delivered to The Lightbox on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

The Waitrose stores at Goldsworth Park and West Byfleet, Asda at Sheerwater, Tesco at Brooklands and Sainsbury’s at Knaphill also accept donations.

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