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, and Sidford Spar kindly support this initiative by providing collection points for food donations. More collection points are on our Donate Food page.
A voucher system is used for those in need of food. Our Get Food Help page gives more details.
News 5th April 2019
Following recent months of increasing numbers, our list now seems to have stabilised at about 20 – 25 clients per week.
A local fuel charity, currently working with Seaton Foodbank, has agreed to visit us on 12th April. They will provide unbiased fuel/energy tariff advice to clients and volunteers to ensure everyone is getting value for money.
Also on the 12th a visitor from East Devon District Council will assess how his department can provide help for the Food Bank.
Special tariffs are available from South West Water (SWW) to individuals on certain benefits. Entitlement guidelines are changing soon and more of our clients might be eligible for support. A SWW representative has agreed to visit to explain the changes.
Thanks to your amazing generosity, stocks have been coping with demand, but we are still short of some items. Please see our shopping list.
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, particularly drivers. 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.