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, and Sidford Spar kindly support this initiative by providing collection points for food donations. More collection points are on our Donate Food page.
A voucher system is used for those in need of food. Our Get Food Help page gives more details.
News 16th August 2019
Back to School Bank
We have had a fabulous response to our requests for new and pre loved school uniforms. The Bank is available every Friday from the 16th August to help families who find it hard to prepare for the new school year. Schools run a similar system during term time, but our scheme helps those who need support before the start of term.
We are also in a position to help with a £20 voucher for the mammoth task of getting specific school logo uniform items that are not available though our Back to School Bank.
If you would like to apply for a voucher we require the parent or Guardian to complete an application form. These are available from The Mustard Seed and the Foodbank’s Friday sessions. Alternatively, download the Uniform application form here.
These must be completed and returned to the Food Bank by the 20th August for voucher collection on 23rd August, or by the 26th for collection on 30th August . Please note we are at present limited to helping 30 children. This may increase if we have further cash donations given to support this initiative.
Thank you again to everyone who supports the Foodbank and other linked ventures that help support those in need.
Food and uniforms wanted
Thanks to your amazing generosity, stocks are coping with demand, but we are still short of many items. Please see our Shopping List.
Our Donate Food page lists the places you can leave food or uniforms for collection, and our Donate Cash page shows ways you can give money if you prefer. As always, we thank you for your help, in whatever form it takes.
We are keen to expand our list of volunteers, particularly drivers. If you would like to help, there’s more information on our Volunteer page.
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.