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It all Started…
God speaks to a local Pastor, who had been praying about how the church he led should care for people in need in Wolverhampton. A couple are asked to oversee the work, leaflets are sent to 10 statutory agencies, and an answer phone is set up for referrals. The church community donate food and baby toiletries, and ‘King’s Caring Friends-Food Parcel Delivery Service’ is launched.
29th August 2006
First referral received.
The work develops in a small way, feeding more people as more agencies made referrals (click here for statistics). We also support Horizon House (PCT-Addiction Services) delivering Christmas Hampers each December.
We join The Trussell Trust Foodbank Network and change our name to Wolverhampton Foodbank.
God clearly directs us to take a leap of faith – for the Project Leader to do the work full-time with no guaranteed salary and to move the project out of one church so it can expand into a city-wide Christian project. Charity status is gained. Finance, equipment and connections begin to come in abundance as we trust God and pray.
God miraculously provides us with rent-free space for 18 months!
The Team begins to grow rapidly, as do the number of churches across the City supporting the project, as well as the number of agencies we receive referrals from.
Trussell Trust Foodbank Network membership ends as our project was developing along different lines.
We move to our current warehouse space-taking a massive step of faith.
Our new trading name THE WELL is launched with the logo and website.
Our story in pictures…
Help Along The Way…
We wish to honour those whom the Lord has used to inspire and challenge us:
RHEMA FAITH CHURCH
The Leaders and community, both past and present, where The Well began as ‘The King’s Church Food Parcel Service’.
THE HELPING HANDS PROJECT
Whom the Lord used to inspire Pastor Barry Law to start the Food Parcel Service.
BLACK COUNTRY FOODBANK
Wendy Fryatt and the team who encouraged us in the early days.
THE TRUSSELL TRUST
With whom we were connected for 3 years, and from whom we learnt so much.
CHRISTIANS AGAINST POVERTY
The testimony of John Kirkby, the founder of this national debt counselling service.
His confident faith and determination to look to God for all the resources needed to care for orphans is a wonderful example to us.
Their example has challenged us to trust God and watch Him provide!
AND NUMEROUS OTHERS
Who have prayed, encouraged, and stood with us.