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 21st April
There were fourteen clients today, four of whom were new to us. We also refilled the two emergency boxes held by East Devon District Council, so sixteen families and individuals were supported.
The Food Bank primarily operates as an emergency charity, helping people in immediate need, but we also want to reduce long term dependency on our services. This week, our volunteers managed to speak to many of the clients who called in, providing them with advice.
During Lent we launched a ’40p for 40 days’ fund raising event, which brought in nearly £200 – thank you to all those who contributed.
Thanks to your generosity, food stocks have improved, but we are still short of some items. Please see our Shopping List for details. We thank you for your support.
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.
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: