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 from Lois 11th August
Our base at the Unitarian Church was closed during Folk Week, so clients were supported by eleven direct deliveries. Also helped were eighteen families whose children would normally get free school meals. We replenished two emergency boxes, and with Gateway and the Mustard Seed Cafe helped a single person and a couple who are homeless.
The Folk Festival brings many visitors to Sidmouth, some of whom are in self-catering accommodation or camping. One woman, instead of taking them home at the end of her stay, kindly donated her surplus tins and packets.
There are well over 1000 Food Banks in the UK. About 400 are run by The Trussell Trust, who have released annual statistics about their Food Banks. Read their latest press release here.
We are short of a few items. Please see our Shopping List for details. We thank you for your support.
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.
We welcome comments and suggestions about our Food Bank. If you would like to leave a comment, please e-mail us at: