Operation of foodbanks


How a foodbank works

Food is donated

Schools, churches, businesses and individuals donate non-perishable, in-date food to the foodbank.

All food given out by foodbanks is donated.

‘Supermarket Collections’ are one of the main ways that food is donated.   These are food drives held at supermarkets where volunteers give shoppers a ‘foodbank shopping list’ and ask them to buy an extra item or two for local people in crisis.

Food is sorted and stored

Volunteers sort food to check that it’s in date and pack it into boxes ready to be given to people in need.

Frontline care professionals identify people in need

Care professionals such as doctors, health visitors, social workers, CAB and police identify people in crisis and issue them with a foodbank voucher.

Clients receive food

Foodbank clients bring their voucher to a foodbank centre where it can be redeemed for three days emergency food supply.

Volunteers can also meet clients over a cup of tea or free hot meal at a ‘drop-in centre’ and are able to signpost people to agencies able to solve the longer-term problems.

 The United Reformed Church joins with other churches that make up ‘Christians Together in Southwold and District’

 by collecting supplies, mainly before the Sunday morning service, for the East Suffolk Foodbank


 ‘Christians Together’ also operate a local distribution service, from a small store located in Reydon, under the banner of   Sole Bay Foodbank