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 2nd July 2019
The Foodbank will again support the children who get free school meals during term time.
Families who don’t usually use the Food Bank may need help in September and October after coping with the expense of the 6 week school holiday and the cost of compulsory school uniforms.
So, this year we are also going to pilot a School Uniform Bank. It will be available every Friday during the school summer holidays to help all families that 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.
A local charity shop has agreed to donate all their school uniforms which is very good, but if you can also help with new or good condition items, we would be pleased to receive them. Please view our Shopping List for the clothes in most demand.
Following maintenance work, St Peter’s Church Sidford has now reopened and food can again be left in the basket near the main door.
We have enhanced the ways you can contact us, including a new phone number. See our Contact Us page for details.
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 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.