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.

Lois - Food Bank Manager
Lois – Manager

News from Lois 2nd December
As we approach Christmas, numbers are increasing with ten, nine and twelve clients respectively over the last three weeks.

Our Christmas Hamper appeal is being well supported and we have five shelves full of food and gifts. Please keep the donations coming in as we hope to help a similar number of families as last year. Suggestions are on our Shopping List page.

Food wantedDonated food
Our larders continue to be well stocked with non-festive items but with increasing numbers of clients we are running short of some foodstuffs and would appreciate your support. Please see our Shopping List for details.

We are keen to expand our list of volunteers. If you would like to help, there’s more information on our Volunteer page.

Gateway LogoGateway 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
gov.uk logoWhen 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.

benefits_logoBenefits advice
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: