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 28th May
There were only five clients this week, although one was supporting a family of seven.
Our appeal for (amongst other things) dog food was answered by the Sidford Rainbow Group. Just in case you didn’t know, the Rainbows are 5 – 7 year-olds who usually move up to be Brownies. It was a grand effort by the youngsters.
We are keen to expand our list of volunteers. If you would like to help, there’s more information on our Volunteer page.
Due to the generosity of local people and the low number of clients, our larders are now generally well stocked. There’s just a few items we are short of; please check our Shopping List for details.
Gateway 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
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.
What do you think?
We welcome comments and suggestions about our Food Bank. Use our Feedback page or e-mail us at: