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.

Lois - Food Bank Manager
Lois – Manager

News from Lois 22nd October
Client numbers can be unpredictable. Four were expected, but seven turned up. We were able to direct two of the new clients to the CAB for further help.

Angie Carney from the Salvation Army visited. They are trying to set up a community cafe in Woolbrook and we hope to work together soon.

We are keen to expand our list of volunteers. If you would like to help, there’s more information on our Volunteer page.


Food wantedDonated food
Our larders are very well stocked, except for a few items. Please donate only the food on the Shopping List as we have difficulty in storing large quantities.

Gateway LogoGateway was set up following the first death in 2015 of a homeless person, and the second incident last November shows that help is needed, even in prosperous areas like ours. Click for more about Gateway.

Help with energy
gov.uk logoWhen 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.

benefits_logoBenefits advice
Organisations that can help with advice about benefits and grants are listed on our More Help page.


We welcome comments and suggestions about our Food Bank and we have had a Feedback page on our site for people to share their thoughts. Unfortunately, it has been a target for irrelevant and possibly computer manipulated activity, so we have suspended the page for the time being. But, if you would like to leave a comment, please e-mail us at: