News – 04/02/21
The Sid Valley Food Bank is now a registered charity. This is great news as it means we will be able to manage finances more efficiently and claim Gift Aid, amongst other benefits. As a registered charity we will be required to report annually to the Charities Commission to show how we are meeting our objectives and spending donations.
The Food Bank is over 8 years old, so the application has given us the opportunity to review our objectives, policies, responsibilities and constitution. As an effect of this there may be small changes in the way we operate, but our main objective – to help people in crisis by providing food – will continue.
Safety and well-being are our primary concern, and our current restrictions are listed below. These may change at very short notice as the Government reacts to the latest situation.
- Social distancing will continue, and those collecting food will be given appointment times, to avoid the risk of crowding.
- Food will still be delivered to homes for those unable to travel.
- Supporting vulnerable housebound clients via telephone/online communication continues.
- Our donation requests for essential items only continues.
- Stopped fuel assistance. Our financial resources will be used for food purchases.
The Foodbank will always help individuals and families, who are struggling financially, to meet the demands of daily living. We have our own community support team. Also, The Childrens Centre, East Devon District Council, Sid Valley Help, Gateway and many more agencies are available. No-one should be without the help needed to get through this present crisis, however young or old. Our More Help page has contact details for all these organisations.
We usually need regular dry stock essentials. Our Shopping List page shows the main goods we give to our clients, and includes a list of particular shortages. 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.
Currently, we are very fortunate in having a sufficient number of volunteers. But please check regularly for vacancies on our Volunteers page.
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