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 11th June
Just three clients again this week. Summer is often a quiet time for us because our clients’ heating bills are low, giving them more cash available to pay for food.
We provide food boxes for partner agencies to supply to clients in an emergency. Two of these were used by East Devon District Council, which were then replenished from our stocks.
Our next challenge is supply food during the school holidays to families who are normally entitled to free school meals.
We are keen to expand our list of volunteers. If you would like to help, there’s more information on our Volunteer page.
The continuing low numbers of clients means our larders well stocked. But, situations can change quickly, so please check our Shopping List regularly.
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. You can leave a comment for all to see on our Feedback page. Alternatively, if you would like to leave a private message, please e-mail us at: