While we are a Christian Mission and want everyone to know about the love and opportunity that Jesus has for them, we are committed to providing this practical help and assistance of food with no strings attached. We serve anyone of any background, belief or outlook and are happy to do so. We also offer a listening ear, are willing to meet for coffee, help with forms and signpost to other agencies. We are here to help with practical, emotional and spiritual support as needed.
We like to call our Food Banks, ‘Basics Banks’ because we know that people in crisis need more than just food. Edinburgh City Mission, works together with a local network f agencies who refer clients for assistance which ensures that help is given to those with genuine needs. Our Basics Banks are hosted in city churches, whose shelves are stocked with food and all the basics with thanks to a community of donators coming from churches, schools, doctors surgeries and individuals. We can not offer permanent food help – we are here to help people on their way through a crisis, but we often find that clients remain coming after the food has finished because they become part of the community.
The Care Van is our project run in partnership with Bethany Christian Trust. We operate almost every day of the year providing soup, food, hot drinks, encouragement and advice to up to 60 homeless and vulnerable people a night who are rough sleeping or housed in homeless B&B accommodation by Edinburgh Council. Edinburgh City Mission co-ordinates rotas for 42 teams that are drawn from churches across the Lothians and includes over 750 volunteers. For locations and times to access the van, click here
Edinburgh churches are hearing the call to mission, opening up their doors more and getting involved in outreach and church planting which is making a difference in our city. We are gathering a list of local drop in services which we would signpost people to who are in crisis. You can access the current list here. If you know of or are involved in a community outreach, please contact us with details so that we can add it to our list.