Foodbank

Providing emergency food to local people in crisis

Foodbank Opening Hours
Open Tuesdays and Fridays
  3.30pm until 5.30pm
  In the CARESCO Centre

The foodbank offers emergency food to local people in crisis.

Local agencies, such as schools and health teams, identify individuals and families who are going hungry due to a time of crisis. They are issued with a voucher which enables them to attend a session at the foodbank and exchange the voucher for emergency food, usually enough for up to three days.

The sessions are run by volunteers who offer tea/coffee and a friendly listening ear. They can also help with pointing people towards other agencies who could assist in finding longer term solutions.

Opening its doors for the first time in January 2015 as a pilot scheme to see if there was a demand, the foodbank runs as a distribution centre on behalf of Godmanchester Foodbank and exists through a partnership between All Saints, St Benedicts and the Methodist Church working alongside CARESCO and is mentored by the team at Godmanchester. A new team in Yaxley are also working with Godmanchester in the same way and opened their doors in July 2015 for the first time.

There are a number of collection points around the village for donations of basic essential foods from the general public including one at the CARESCO Centre, the CARESCO Charity shop, Sawtry Co-op Foodstore, Sawtry Methodist Church, All Saints' Church and once a month at St Benedicts' Catholic Community who meet in the WI Hall.

The sorts of foods that we need are listed below:

  • Cereal, small box
  • Cereal, variety pack
  • Porridge
  • Instant single-serving sizes of flavoured porridge/cereal
  • Jam
  • Tinned: meat/tuna/potatoes/veg/beans/soup/fruit
  • Sugar, small bags preferred
  • Instant single-serving packets of heat-and-eat soups and noodles
  • Rice
  • Dried pasta
  • Pasta sauces
  • Crackers
  • Orange juice
  • Tea bags
  • Coffee, instant
  • Long life milk
  • Squash, small bottle

Please remember that all donations need to be well in date and undamaged and that we can’t accept frozen, chilled or home-made items. If preferred, we can also receive monetary donations which the team will use to top up any gaps or to buy other essentials such as tin openers.

To download a printable version of our shopping list of required items to donate, please click here

For more information, please download our leaflet

To find out more about food banks on a national scale, visit the Trussell Trust and Godmanchester Foodbank for more information.

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