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 6th November
Our client numbers remain high. We are also providing support for the East Devon District Council emergency foodboxes.
Thank you to all those who supported October’s ‘Waitrose Community Green Tokens’ scheme; an amazing £404 was donated to us.
Christmas is fast approaching and the Foodbank will again be supporting those families and clients who are in need. I will be updating you soon about our plans, which include a Reverse Advent Calendar and items for Christmas Hampers.
We are not giving presents this year. We will focus instead on luxury food items and providing vouchers that enable clients to experience an activity which they are otherwise unable to enjoy.
We have agreed to support the Community Christmas Lunch which will ensure those who are lonely and in need on Christmas enjoy company and good food.
Its been comforting not to be overly concerned recently about our stock supplies but we can never afford to relax and we continue to welcome donations; please see our latest Shopping List
Our Donate Food page lists the places you can leave it 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.