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 13th June
Client numbers, we are relieved to report, have dropped from fourteen to nine.
Emergency food boxes are held by a number of agencies – see our Get food help page. One box was used by a Health Visitor and was replenished during the week.
There are well over 1000 Food Banks in the UK. About 400 are run by The Trussell Trust, who have released annual statistics about their Food Banks. Read their latest press release here.
Falling numbers of clients mean we need less food, but we remain 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: