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 16th November
It seems that numbers relentlessly increase. This week we had 27 clients which with their dependents meant we looked after 53 people.
We work with other agencies who are being very supportive by providing non-food help to vulnerable people.
Thank you to all who support the Food Bank.
A community fundraising event in memory of Sidmouth legend Dave Maddock last summer raised money for several local charities. The Food Bank was pleased to share in the proceeds from Dogtastic Day.
Our Reverse Advent Calendar is launching with a press release in the Sidmouth Herald. The calendar works like the traditional version, except that each day you donate a goodie instead of receiving one. Radway Cinema and Fulfords Estate Agents are helping by becoming Drop Off Zones for this scheme, and you can see the calendar here.
We also have an Advent Calendar event, which suggests items we need to provide Christmas Luxury Bags.
Although not strictly a Food Bank initiative, we are helping the Community Christmas Lunch which provides a meal and company for those who may be alone at this time of year.
Due to increasing numbers our latest Shopping List is quite extensive. If you can help with food or donations we will be extremely grateful.
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. 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.