What is 'The Shoebury Ark'?

The Shoebury Ark is a charity which aims to help alleviate poverty in the Shoeburyness area (one of the most deprived wards in the country) by the provision free freshly cooked meals. In addition we also sell at very low cost tinned/packet food and children's clothing. We give out food parcels on case by case basis and also signpost people to other support agencies.

We operate each week on a Tuesday 2-4pm from Friars Baptist Church, Shoeburyness. We aim to provide a service in a welcoming non judgemental environment to anyone in need. Currently we serve approximately 200 meals a week​

In 2021 Friars Baptist Church, Shoeburyness, collaborated with another local agency to test the need for a local facility to provide freshly cooked meals to the local community. This venture was known as the “Pop-up Community Kitchen” and served approximately 200 meals per week from the premises to those in need in the community. To fund the meals grocery items (tinned food) and children’s clothing were sold at nominal prices and surplus ‘near end date’ food from supermarkets was also given away. Enabling families to get nutritional meals and buy cheap clothing and provisions provides them with the ability to better manage their finances and in some cases not have to make difficult choices such as whether to pay for food or heat.

You have probably heard of Noah’s Ark. Noah built a boat to save his family and the animals from the flood. It represents safety in a time of trouble and symbolises how God provides for us. At the end of the story God shows His love for all people by placing a rainbow in the sky. The name reflects the fact that The Shoebury Ark provides a safe place for people to come, provides essential support, food and share God’s love and acceptance.

Our Values

Our work focuses on helping people from all walks of life, restoring dignity and reviving hope – whether it is with our attendees, supporters or volunteers. We welcome people from all backgrounds. We are a Christian-based organisation motivated by Jesus’ teaching on poverty and injustice. We operate according to Christian principles of compassion, honesty, integrity, openness, kindness and care of all people, regardless of backgrounds or beliefs. We believe in turning faith into practical action, living out God’s love for everyone. Whilst we are a Christian-based organisation, we serve and work with people of all faith groups and beliefs, or none. Volunteers that share our principles are welcome, whatever their personal faith position. We are passionate about inclusion and being non-judgemental is central to what we do. We believe that everyone has the right to have food on their plate, dignity, a chance to work and hope for the future. Everyone has unique skills and gifts to bring to society. We believe everyone is special and is valued.

Make a Donation

We welcome donations of food to prepare meals, ambient food for sale at low cost (also helps to fund meals) and children’s clothing and toys. We welcome donations from organisations willing to sponsor or part sponsor the cost of meals each week (approx £200). If you’d like to donate to us, please click below.

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Want to help?

We would love to hear from organisations/individuals that are willing to volunteer in varying roles including:

  • Collecting food donations
  • Set up & Closing down each week
  • Serving Customers
  • Organising donations

Where to find us

We work out of Friars Baptist Chruch, Eagle Way, Shoeburyness, SS3 9RJ every Tuesday, 2-4pm.