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 16th February
Demand for our services remains very high; today we looked after 22 clients. When their families are included, whose ages range from 3 months to teenagers, 52 people were helped.
Demand is high so we are short of items. Please see our Shopping List for details. We have a number of families on our books so items for children, as well as general goods, are needed.
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.
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.