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 17th August
A record 23 clients presented vouchers this week, and with their dependants, a total of 40 people were supplied with food. We also continued with school-holiday meal support to 16 families; totalling another 40 people.
These high client numbers seem to be related to changes in the benefits system, including the cap on housing benefits and issues relating to the suspended payments appeals process. Another problem is the rising cost of living for those on low wages.
Despite very generous donations, including continued support from a Mr J.C, we are always in danger of running out of food. If you are able to assist we will be most grateful. Our Shopping List shows the items that we most need, our Donate Food page lists the places you can leave it for collection, and our Donate Cash page shows ways you can give money if you prefer.
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 school summer holidays initiative.
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.