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 from Lois 9th September
The Tour of Britain cycle race set off from Sidmouth at 11:30, watched by a large crowd. It was a bit chaotic getting to the hall to open our doors by 12:00. We helped eight clients and refilled two emergency boxes that were used earlier in the week.
Change to opening hours
For the summer months, we have revised our opening hours slightly to allow our volunteers to concentrate on our school meals initiative. We are no longer open on Mondays for food donations. Food can be left on Fridays between 12:00 – 3:00pm, or at any of our collection points. Our client support is unchanged and we remain open as usual for our customers on Fridays between 1:00pm – 3:00pm.
We are keen to expand our list of volunteers. If you would like to help, there’s more information on our Volunteer page.
Our larders well stocked, but there are some items we need, particularly as we are providing for families during the holidays. Please check our Shopping List.
Gateway was set up following the first death in 2015 of a homeless person, and the second incident last November 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.
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: