The Beginning

The Buckingham Emergency Food Appeal began at 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” was providing a Christmas dinner and shelter for homeless people and we as a family volunteered to help them over Christmas. About two weeks before Christmas I called Crisis and said “ we’re 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 it on a small lorry and took it with us to London for Christmas dinner. We’ve been doing it ever since”.

Mike Buckingham( founder) on BBC Radio 4’s Food Programme, 7/12/97


This year we will be marking the 36th anniversary of the founding of the charity. In these difficult times, we will be working harder than ever to carry on the work begun by Mike Buckingham and his family