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.
News from Lois 8th December
It was a bit quieter this week. Thirteen clients and their dependants meant twenty people were helped.
The people and organisations in the Sid Valley continue to show their generosity. We had two anonymous donations of £5 and £25 and Chartered Accountants Easterbrook Eaton staff collected £70 for our hampers. St Johns School pupils had a non-uniform day which resulted in a car load of goodies. And thank you, Waitrose for the toilet rolls!
The reverse advent calendar event continues. The musical pair of Jan and Jackie have promised to do some busking in Sidmouth during the festive period (wrap up warm, ladies) and will donate their takings to the Food Bank Christmas Hamper appeal.
It means many families, couples and single clients will have a happier Christmas and we thank you all for your contributions.
Additional opening times for Christmas Donations
9:00 – 10:am Monday 4th, 11th & 18th December
We are delighted to announce that the Radway Cinema will be supporting our Christmas appeal by collecting donations and small gifts during their Silver Screen sessions and at a couple of special events.
We are preparing Christmas Hampers for distribution in late December. Our Shopping List has some suggested items. For insurance and health & safety reasons, we can only accept new and unopened products with (for consumables) a best before/use by date beyond the Christmas/New Year period. We appreciate there are many calls for donations of various kinds at this time of year, so we remain grateful for any contribution you can make.
For the moment, we are well stocked with everyday items but there are a few things our Christmas Hampers need. Please see our Shopping List for details.
We are keen to expand our list of volunteers. If you would like to help, there’s more information on our Volunteer page. In particular, help would be appreciated for our new Keep in Touch sessions on Friday afternoons.
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.
We welcome comments and suggestions about our Food Bank. If you would like to leave a comment, please e-mail us at: