The St Ives Foodbank is open in All Saints Church every Tuesday and Friday 10:30 – 12:00.
We like to sit and chat to our clients over a cup of tea. This enables us to hear their stories and signpost them to agencies who can offer additional help and start to resolve any underlying problems.
How does the Foodbank help?
Since opening in September 2013 we have fed over a thousand people. These are people in our community who have hit hard times, such as a young woman working on a zero hours contract who lost her job when she became pregnant; and the young girl leaving care who found it hard to cope with independent living.
When the temperature drops our clients very often have to choose between heating or eating and that is when your donations help so much. We recently helped a man who had not eaten for two days and was selling his possessions to pay for food. Axiom Support Team, who have a drop-in session in the Foodbank every other Tuesday, advised this man on managing his finances.
If you wish to make a donation you can really help us by giving items on our current wants list below. Can you help by dropping off some of these items to the church or The Vicarage in Westwood Road? Thank you!
At the moment we would like:
- Sugar (500g and 1kg)
- Savoury biscuits ( cream crackers etc )
- Rice (500g)
- Potatoes (small tins)
- Tinned meat (ham, corned beef, spam)
Please resist the temptation to buy large ‘value’ packs or exotic items as they can create headaches for us with storage and fair distribution of foods. Basic items and small packs are generally best especially those on the list below.
We have surplus stocks of:
- Baked beans
- Ladies sanitary products
Thank you to all who responded to the appeal for toiletries, nappies, baby wipes and sanitary items. We are now well stocked with these and ask that no more are given at this point in time. Please note that we always have a need for toilet rolls. Thank you.
We kindly ask that the following are NOT included as donations:
- Food that is close to or past its expiry/best by/use by dates;
- Fresh, frozen or refrigerated foods;
- Fizzy drinks;
- Foods that require-additional ingredients to prepare (i.e., mixes for home preparation, bread mixes, etc.);
- Foods that require long cook times;
- Baking supplies;
- Homemade food Items;
- Condiments, Toppings, Chutneys, Relishes, Pickles, Olives, etc.
- large boxes of cereals etc
Contact the Foodbank
You can contact the Foodbank during its opening hours on 07835 521541. Please do not use this number if you require food unless you already have a voucher as we do not issue food in this way. This number is primarily for agents to contact us and arrange issue of food on behalf of users and general enquiries from potential donors.
Authorised agents only may use the foodbank emergency number (07596268140) in cases of crisis. Please try to ring during office hours if possible, although in cases of urgent need we try to operate a 24/7 service.
Who do we help?
While we are a Christian organisation, the Foodbank serves everyone in crisis regardless of faith or belief. It is important to be passionate about inclusion and being non-judgemental is central to the ethos of the Foodbank. It is underpinned by the belief that everyone has the right to food, dignity, skills, a chance to work and hope for the future. Thanks to all who have supported us.
How does it work?
The Foodbank operates on a voucher system. Local community agencies and churches are responsible for providing these to those in genuine need (we have over 60 recognised local agencies who work with us). If you or anyone you know needs a voucher, and do not know whom to contact then please contact us for further information: tel 01480 384334.
If you need food, drop in during the times above with your voucher. The kettle is always on and you are guaranteed a warm welcome.
What’s in a Food Package?
We provide enough food ‘basics’ to provide a nutritionally balances diet for a minimum of three days. The packages are designed for emergencies and contain a small range of ‘must haves’ for those who could not get by without.
Food donations are always welcome, please see above for our current wants. There is a collection point at All Saints which is open on Tuesday and Friday mornings 10.30am-12.00pm and at other times when the Church is open. Alternatively food may be left at The Vicarage in Westwood Road or at other local churches which have collection points.
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”