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 15th June
We continue to be busy. This week we supported a total of 30 people.
In the news was a National Audit Office report about Universal Credit. This highlighted the difficulties and delays experienced by those entitled to it and the increasing reliance on Food Banks. When talking to our clients, we find their problems seem to bear out the issues raised in the report.
The biggest network of food banks is run by the Trussell Trust, a UK wide organisation. Their annual review shows that all areas of the country are seeing an increase in demand.
Our stock levels fluctuate and we are always short of some items. If you can help, 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. 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.