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Food Bank Update April.


It is 3 weeks since my last update and if it’s alright with you all I will aim to do a monthly update in the future.


We have made 2 deliveries to the food bank since Easter both badly needed and gratefully received. Kizzy and Gill, my regular contacts, are fulsome in their praise and appreciation for the work your generosity allows them and all the other food bank volunteers to do. When I delivered today Wednesday 21st I saw a graphic example of the continuing and ever growing need in our community. As it was market day the Chiltern Community Fridge was open. We help them when we can, most recently just before Christmas last year when we rehomed a large quantity of short date Mince Pies. Anyway as I drove in to the centre on Chesham I witnessed the queue snaking from the church where they operate all the way in to the carpark, there must have been 50 + people waiting to collect a food bag, all ages, genders and backgrounds. It brought it home to me just what an impact the pandemic has had on people from all walks of life and how vital the work that your generosity allows us collectively to do for the food bank.


The current running total including today’s delivery is £ 35,500. A truly outstanding achievement which is entirely down to you all.


Here is an extract from an email I have received from Kizzy last week.


We would very much appreciate more sugar. Our clients would not have been getting any in their boxes if it hadn’t been for you and the 500 g size is perfect.


We see this as a real win as I’m sure do many of our supporters who have found a straightforward way to support a worthy cause supplying what they need most, without having to guess what to add to their shopping basket or worry about how to get their donation to the food bank.


Margaret and I would like to reiterate that all of this is made possible by and dependent upon your kind and generous financial support, without which we wouldn’t be able to do this.


Thank you so very much.



If you can think of others who may be willing to join us in our efforts to help those less fortunate than ourselves please pass this appeal on. I can provide a form of words if that would be helpful.


If you are aware of any families or individuals who need help from the food bank a call to the dedicated number 01494 785660 is all they need to do to arrange an emergency delivery.



Stay Safe


Margaret & Bill Dykes

Should you feel able to contribute or wish to purchase for you own use please e-mail us at ,

telephone us on 01494874511

text to 07968421416.


Because of the difficulty in making payments in person we would prefer that people use one of the following methods of contribution/payment.


By bank transfer - we will send you our bank details upon receipt of your order.


By cheque made payable to Traidcraft Plc and sent to

Margaret and Bill Dykes

4, Roughwood Fields

Roughwood Lane

Chalfont St Giles



Of the 80 million chocolate Easter Eggs sold each year, there is only one Christian egg, sold by the Meaningful Chocolate Company. The eggs are Fair Trade, the packaging is plastic free and each box includes a 24 page Easter activity book. The eggs are either milk, white or dark chocolate, and cost £4.50 each.  To order yours contact Margaret Dykes on 07919 314461

I have a limited supply of these. Please let me know if you would like a copy, alternatively look on line. There is a new range of greetings cards, some lovely Easter cards, a new range of clothes made from seaweed (!) and lots of stories from the producers. A good appetising read. There are some great alternative gifts for Mothers’ Day from scarves to the ultimate chocolate collection. I can arrange for gifts to be sent direct but a postage charge may be incurred.

Like many charities Traidcraft Exchange is suffering financially during the pandemic so here is a chance to support them via a raffle. Tickets cost £1 each and are available from me or via Traidcraft Exchange’s website. First prize is a bespoke commission by artist Cherrie Mansfield, second prize a £200  voucher towards a luxury Eco-camping break at the hideaway at Baxby Manor in North Yorkshire and third prize is one of 4 fair trade hampers. Closing date is 21 April and the draw will take place on 30 th April.


Thank you to everyone who gave me some carrier bags. I now have loads.

Our campaign to reduce plastic by returning bottles for refills is going very well, we are low on hand wash and washing up liquid bottles, so if you have any spare please let me know and if you haven’t yet tried our Bio D products why not give them a go.

Once again I have the Meaningful Easter eggs. They are palm oil free, the packaging is plastic free and each one contains a 24 page Easter book. The milk and white ones cost £4.50 each and the plain ones £5.50 each. I hope to supply the children of the
families receiving food bank parcels with an egg so please include a donation with your payment and I will let you know how many we can send.


For more than 2 decades, Divine Chocolate and their farmers’ co-operative have shared a commitment to empowering women. Together they support women in cocoa farming so they can develop the skills and confidence to grow better cocoa, build better communities, thrive in business and produce a wonderful product for us to enjoy. I have bags of mini eggs (17 egglets, approx 150g) in milk, dark and speckled at £4.04 each, and 90g eggs in Dark Chocolate with Hazelnut truffle (vegan), Raspberry (vegan) and Milk Chocolate with tangy orange all at £5.00. There are also 2 types of luxury 260g eggs, costing £10. The milk one contains praline mini eggs and the dark one dark mini eggs. Let me know which take your fancy.


We continue to offer a delivery service during the current restrictions and to avoid social contact. I will leave the goods where you advise. The stock situation is good at the moment:  see attached stock list.

Margaret Dykes 01 494 874511