HOW FOODBANKS WORK
We provide emergency food to people in crisis.
There is 101 reasons why someone might need to access our foodbank centres. Each person has their own reason and story.
1- FOOD IS DONATED
Schools, churches, businesses and individuals donate non-perishable, in-date food.
Many business, churches and schools will hold fundraising events to collect large quantities of food.
We regularly hold collections in large supermarket stores.
2- FOOD IS SORTED AND STORED
Our volunteers sort food to check that it’s in date, they do this by marking the best before date on to the item with a black marker. They then pack it into boxes ready to be given to people.
We have over 250 volunteers.
3- PROFESSIONALS IDENTIFY PEOPLE IN NEED
We have over 200 support agenices from different charities, the NHS and the CEC who can identify people who need our support and refer them to our centres.
4. CLIENTS VISIT THE FOODBANK
People bring their voucher to a foodbank centre where it can be redeemed for three days’ emergency food.
Volunteers meet clients over a warm drink and a biscuit and are able to signpost people to agencies able to solve the longer-term problem.
It is at the foodbank centre people can access our More than Food servcies, but only if they want to.