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 6th March 2019
February was an extremely productive month. In addition to providing food for 247 individuals, we took some children to the cinema during half term and fun was had by all.
We have meetings with other Food-banks in East Devon to help with joined up working to support those in need of our services. This then links with East Devon District Council, providing Welfare support.
Also exciting news is that Waitrose have agreed to use the scheme devised by Exeter students on the NCS training last year. This highlights essential food-bank items on their shelves. We are developing appropriate signage.
Another new idea that is being piloted in March is closer links with a Sidmouth Youth Worker. They been approached by Exeter Baby-Bank to provide donations and referrals for Sidvalley residents in need. This has prompted a young mother to approach us to provide access to nearly new items of clothes. She is planning to have a rail at the food Bank from 2pm.
Another new aim while we are supporting young families with pre school children is to provide 3 days supply of nappies etc.
Thanks to your amazing generosity, stocks have been coping with the high demand, but we are still short of some items. We are now looking for nappies in addition to food. Please see our shopping list.
Our Donate Food page lists the places you can leave food 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. 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.