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 13th July
We supported 17 clients this week, which included four homeless people and several families.
Our school summer holiday initiative is being planned. Food collection day for those families whose children normally get free school meals will be on Fridays this year. Our Get Food Help page has the details.
Summer means long school holidays, which is wonderful for some. But for families who rely on free school meals during term time, it puts a big burden on them as they have to find the cash for extra food. We are again going to support these families by providing food for them. Our Shopping List reflects this initiative, and we thank all those who can donate items.
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 school summer holidays initiative.
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.