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 17th March
Another week with fourteen clients, all of whom we have seen before. Our coffee sessions continue with four people turning up.
We are grateful for the several cash donations we received during the week, but food stocks are low and we are using cash reserves to purchase items. If you can help with donations, please look at our donate cash, donate food and shopping list pages.
Lent fund-raising initiative
Lent started on Ash Wednesday, which this year was on the 1st March, being forty days (excluding Sundays) before Easter Sunday. Traditionally, it is a period of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. It would be a wonderful gesture if the almsgiving could benefit the Food Bank. Find a small box, jamjar or other container and put 40 pence in it each day for 40 days. We would be very grateful if the sum collected could be donated via any of the methods shown on our donate cash page.
Due to the sudden rise in client numbers, we need to replenish our stocks of some items urgently. 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: