About the Sid Valley Food Bank
Sidmouth and the surrounding villages in east Devon are, in general, prosperous areas. But occasionally some people find themselves without food or the money to buy food.
The Food Bank was set up by local churches to help in times of crisis by distributing much needed provisions. Local Supermarkets Waitrose, Co-op, Tesco and Sidford Spar kindly support this initiative by providing collection points for food donations.
A voucher system is used for those in need of food. Our Get Food Help page gives more details.
News 7th January 2019
I want to start by saying thank you to everyone who supported the food bank during 2018 and my 1st year coordinating the service.
It has been a very busy time for me and the Sidvalley Foodbank. Our client base has certainly increased during the last 12 months and the ability to provide this service is totally reliant on the goodwill of residents in the SidValley. The wonderful people of the valley never cease to amaze me with their kindness. Whether it be time, donations of food or financial support , every gesture helps keep the service going.
I can say that with the start of the New Year, demands on our service have continued to be high and our essential stock supplies are low. Please see the extensive shopping list that covers the basic needs of not just feeding a family but ensuring that all physical needs are met, hence the request for household items.
Our Donate Food page lists the places you can leave food for collection, and our Donate Cash page shows ways you can give money if you prefer. As always, we thank you for your help, in whatever form it takes.
We are keen to expand our list of volunteers. If you would like to help, there’s more information on our Volunteer page.
Mustard Seed Cafe
The cafe is also a christian bookshop, situated opposite the Unitarian church. There are joint initiatives between it and the Food Bank.
Gateway was set up following a death in 2015 of a homeless person, and the second incident in November 2015 shows that help is needed, even in prosperous areas like ours. Click for more about Gateway.
Help with energy
When it’s a problem buying food, it is a struggle to pay energy bills as well. The government’s Warm Home scheme provides support for those eligible.
Organisations that can help with advice about benefits and grants are listed on our More Help page.