The St Ives Foodbank operates a delivery service every Tuesday and Friday 10:30 – 12:00.
During the present COVID-19 restrictions we have changed the way we operate and can no longer offer the facility to sit and chat to our clients over a cup of tea. Please do not come down to the foodbank in person as we will not be in the church during these hours.
Instead please ask your issuing agency to email the details to firstname.lastname@example.org together with a contact number for you. If you have a printed voucher already, or are given one, please take a picture of it and send it to the email above or message it to 07835521541. In the message please do not forget to include your phone number. Don’t rely on the phone to record this as some numbers may be withheld.
We will then contact you during the next Foodbank session to arrange a delivery, often this will be the same morning but occasionally may be later in the day or even the following day depending on demand. Please do not contact us again about the delivery unless you have not heard anything by 12:00 on the Tuesday or Friday following your initial contact. If cases of genuine emergency or crisis then a 24/7 service is available. All of our voucher issuing agencies should have details of how to access this service in cases of extreme need.
When making a delivery your food will be placed on your doorstep and when this has been done we will ring you bell/knock for you to come and collect it. Please do not open you door until we ring. If you do not answer then we will retrieve your food and return it for delivery when we next open. We cannot guarantee any delivery before this.
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 80 recognised local agencies who work with us).
If you or anyone you know needs a voucher, and do not know who to contact, then please call us for further information.
Once we have the information we will arrange to get a delivery to you at your home address.
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 Vicarage in Westwood Road? Thank you!
At the moment we need:
- tinned potatoes and instant mashed potato
- tinned custard
- tinned rice pudding
- fruit juice
- tinned ham / corned beef
We DO NOT need:
- baked beans
- tinned soup
- long life milk
If you are unable to purchase sufficient quantities to make a donation you can always make an online donation as we have special arrangements with the supermarkets to procure supplies, subject to availability. Please use the following details:
- Bank: Barclays
- Name: St Ives Cambs Food Bank
- Sort code: 20-43-63
- Account number: 13183149
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.
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 (we always have a need for toilet rolls though).
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. In real emergency you can also try the parish duty phone on 07308675777. Please try to ring during office hours if possible, although in cases of urgent need we try to operate a 24/7 service.
How does the Foodbank help?
Since opening in 2013 we have fed over a thousand people. These are people in our community who have hit hard times. Demand is currently high and we have many generous supporters who are helping us through the present difficulties. If you need help please do not be afraid to ask, we are there for you.
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. P3 and The Bridge Money Centre are two local agencies we work closley, among many other referring agents, with to get you the help you need.
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.
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 drop off point at All Saints Church Hall, Ramsey Road 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 Co-Op, Morrisons or Waitrose in St Ives or Tesco in Somersham where you will find 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.”