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 Feeding people in need since 1985

The Beginning:


"The Buckingham Emergency Food Appeal began at the Christmas of 1985 when we took our children to the theatre in London and saw the homeless sleeping under Waterloo Bridge. We found out that Crisis at Christmas were providing a Christmas dinner and shelter for homeless people and we as a family volunteered to help them over Christmas. 

About 2 weeks before Christmas I called Crisis and said we are farmers. Would you like us to bring any food ? That's how it all started .That first Christmas we collected £750 worth of food , put in on a small lorry and took it with us to London for Christmas dinner. We have been doing it ever since ".


Mike Buckingham MBE ( founder ) on BBC Radio 4's Food Programme , 7 February 1997. 



              Last year BEFA supplied around 210 charities with food for tradional Christmas meals for over 9,000 people across the country

          Those charities which feed the hungry every day received food enough for another week.

          The total value of the food given to these charities was worth in excess of £160,000.

          The food provided is provided to charities free of charge.

          Most of the food is donated by farms and businesses. BEFA purchases those items which are not donated.

          This year BEFA will provide more food to more people through more charities than ever before.

 If you would like to help by donating food, funding or time, please contact us.