How foodbanks work

Providing emergency food to people in crisis.

Every day people in the UK go hungry for reasons ranging from redundancy to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income. A package of food makes a big difference, with foodbanks helping prevent crime, housing loss, family breakdown and mental health problems.

Food is donated

Schools, churches, businesses and individuals donate non-perishable, in-date food to a foodbank. Food is also collected at local supermarkets.

Food is sorted and sorted

Volunteers sort food to check that it’s in date, stock and have ready in our shop for those visiting and make up packages to be given to people in need. Around 50 people give up their time to volunteer at our foodbank weekly.

Professionals identify people in need

Foodbanks partner with a wide range of care professionals such as doctors, health visitors, social workers and community workers identify people in crisis and issue them with a foodbank referral.

Clients receive food

Foodbank clients attend our foodbank centre where they do their own shop or collect a package. Staff and volunteers meet clients over a warm drink and are able to provide additional support alongside other agencies.

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