Lynn Otti's Free Food Shop (LOFFS)
(Formerly known as: The Bread Project Bedford)
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FOOD SECURITY FACTS
10.2 MILLION PEOPLE IN THE UK ARE FOOD INSECURE
FOOD BANK USE HAS TRIPLED DURING LOCKDOWN
4% OF CHILDREN LIVE IN FAMILIES THAT CAN'T AFFORD TO FEED THEM PROPERLY
The Bread Project was founded by Pastor Christina Emmanuel in 2011
and then renamed to Lynn Otti's Free Food Shop (LOFFS) in May 2021.
LOFFS was borne out of the belief that every human being has the right to food, and the ethos that it is, is a core Christian duty to provide for people in need.
As Jesus said,
"I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!"
HOW DOES IT WORK?
LOFFS is a free food pop up shop. It differs from many others, in that it minimises food waste.
Traditional food parcels are often wasteful and filled with food that families don't, or can't eat.
We have therefore gone to great lengths to stock the shop with a wide variety of products, thus ensuring that as many varied taste as possible are catered for.
LOFFS seeks to empower people to make their own choices, by choosing what they need from the shop - all free of charge.
Clients get referred by the approved agencies.
The clients select their items using 'LOFFS Shopping List'
The Referrer will return the clients referral form with the clients shopping list within the referral window given.
We will contact the clients with collection date and time slots via text message/mobile phones.
It is important that clients are available for their shopping, as we cannot at present offer re-collection slots if the initial appointment is missed.
We no longer offer a delivery service, all shopping is collection only unless families are in extenuating circumstances.
Key workers or referring agencies can collect clients' shopping but must be pre-arranged prior to collection dates.
We are constantly expanding our referral agency list, should you have clients who would benefit from the service please complete the 'Contact Us' form.
Access to LOFFS is by REFERRAL ONLY.
LOFFS works hand in hand with Bedford Borough Council and reaches out to various agencies, groups and relevant organisations including Charities, Faith groups, Educational institutions, Government Agencies, Health organisations, GP surgeries, Clinics, Community Healthcare Agencies, Housing Associations, Care Providers, Local Agencies etc. for referrals of prospective shoppers. On the odd occasion, people can self refer. Please note, all Referrers must complete the necessary forms, for the clients to access the shop.
THE REFERRAL WINDOW IS NOW OPEN!!!