Join us for a coffee s at Co-op St Ives, 10 – 4 on Friday 8th and 9 – 1 on Saturday 9th December
See a selection of our most needed items and feel free to ask questions about what we do!
How the food bank works
St Ives Food Bank was set up in 2013 and covers St Ives and the surrounding villages We are here to help those people who find themselves unable to afford to buy food. Food Bank use is for emergencies only and we operate on a voucher/referral system. We have over 80 recognised local community and governmental agencies who refer clients to us.
If you or anyone you know needs help, and do not know who to contact, then please email us for further information. Please do not be afraid to ask for help, we are here to help you. We will ask for a brief summary of the reason you need to use the Food Bank and will then suggest an organisation who would be best placed to help.
Opening and delivery times
The Food Bank operates on Tuesday and Friday mornings. All referrals must be emailed to us by 9.00pm the evening before to guarantee delivery that session.
Food parcels will be delivered to clients’ homes by 1.00pm on the days of operation. The food parcel will be placed on the doorstep, or in a safe place if we have been informed the client will not be at home. If there is no answer, and nowhere to leave the food, it will be returned to the Food Bank and sent out for re-delivery the next time we are open. Our drivers will not enter clients’ homes. Note that during exceptionally busy periods we may deliver parcels on other days of the week, and it may not always be possible to give advanced notice of this.
Who we help
The Food Bank 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 Food Bank. It is underpinned by the belief that everyone has the right to food, dignity, skills, a chance to work and hope for the future.
We provide enough food basics to provide a nutritionally balanced 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.
Suggested Donations as at November 2023
If you wish to make a donation, you can really help by giving items on our current ‘wants’ list below.
At the moment, we need
- Fruit Squash
- Fruit juice orange/apple
- Biscuits, especially Christmassy ones
- Tinned tomatoes
- Instant Mash
- Tinned Potatoes
- Tinned Mixed Veg
- Tinned Soup (all varities)
- Microwave Rice
- Cuppa Soups
- Tinned Fruit
- Tinned Rice Pudding
- Tinned Custard
- Tinned Fish
- Pasta Sauce
- Pasta with Meat (ie Ravioli, Spag Bol etc)
- Financial Donations for specific diets and/or low stocked items are always welcomed, as this lets us address any immediate shortages or special dietary needs. You can find details on how to do this below.
- Please resist the temptation to buy large ‘value’ packs or exotic items as they can create difficulties with storage and fair distribution of foods. Basic items and small packs are generally best especially those on the list above.
We kindly ask that the following are NOT included as donations:
- Items not on the list above but especially:Please NO BREAKFAST CEREALS, Pasta, Baked Beans, Cream Crackers of Packet Rice
- Food that is close to or past its expiry/best by/use by date
- Fresh, frozen or refrigerated foods
- 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
Donations can be dropped off at any time at The Vicarage in Westwood Road, PE27 6DH and left in the grey cabinet by the fraon door’; there is a drop off point at All Saints Church Hall, Ramsey Road which is open on Tuesday and Friday mornings between 10.00 am – 12.00 noon; and at other times when the Church is open. Alternatively, food may be left at Aldi, Co-op, Morrisons or Waitrose in St Ives or Tesco in Somersham where you will find collection points marked ‘St Ives Food Bank’.
If you are unable to purchase food to donate, you can always make an online donation as we have special arrangements with the supermarkets to procure supplies. Please use the following details:
- Bank: Barclays
- Name: St Ives (Cambs) Food Bank
- Sort code: 20-43-63
- Account number: 13183149
We are extremely grateful to those who donate towards the costs of running the Food Bank by bank transfer or standing order using these details. However, if you do so, we do not know who the gift is from unless you also get in touch with us directly. If you would like to receive an acknowledgement of your gift, please email us at email@example.com. If you do not use online banking donations can be left at or posted to The Vicarage, Westwood Road, St Ives PE27 6DH. Please mark the envelope clearly as ‘Food Bank’. Thank you.
You can boost your donation to the St Ives Food Bank by 25p for every £1 you donate using Gift Aid. Download and complete the Gift Aid form, and return it by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact the Food Bank
You can contact the Food Bank during its opening hours (Tuesday and Friday mornings) 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. You can email us instead. This number is primarily for agents to contact us and arrange issue of food on behalf of clients and general enquiries from potential donors.
Outside of the Food Bank opening times (Tuesday and Friday mornings) please email us at email@example.com
Please note – we are an independent foodbank and therefore cannot accept Trussell Trust paper or e-vouchers. If you are in possession of a Trussell Trust voucher please ask your issuing agent to contact us directly.
Thank you to everyone who has donated to us – you can be certain that your donations will be used to help the most vulnerable in our community.
“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.”