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 23rd July
We saw six clients last Friday and the arrangements for supporting them during our Folk Week closure were explained.
The main work was to pack 16 boxes for delivery on Monday to the families who need help because their children will not get free school meals.
We will be closed on the Fridays of 29th July and 5th August, but existing clients will continue to be supported. New clients will be referred to the emergency food boxes held by East Devon District Council, the Beacon Health Centre and Sidmouth Help Link.
Change to opening hours
For the summer months, we have revised our opening hours slightly to allow our volunteers to concentrate on our school meals initiative. We are no longer open on Mondays for food donations. Food can be left on Fridays between 12:00 – 3:00pm, or at any of our collection points. Our client support is unchanged and we remain open as usual for our customers on Fridays between 1:00pm – 3:00pm
We are keen to expand our list of volunteers. If you would like to help, there’s more information on our Volunteer page.
Our larders well stocked, but there are some items we need, particularly as we will be providing for families during the holidays. Please check our Shopping List.
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.
We welcome comments and suggestions about our Food Bank and we have had a Feedback page on our site for people to share their thoughts. Unfortunately, it has been a target for irrelevant and possibly computer manipulated activity, so we have suspended the page for the time being. But, if you would like to leave a comment, please e-mail us at: