Southend Foodbank needs food! Your donation could help provide people referred to us from across the Southend and Rochford areas with a vital food parcel.
A food bank parcel aims to give people enough food for three days, including breakfast, lunch, dinner, hot drinks and puddings. Kettle boxes are made for people who only have access to a kettle for food preparation and include instant or just add hot water foods. Ideally food parcels are nutritionally balanced, including sources of protein, fibre, fruit and vegetables that can make filling meals but this depends on donations.
Right now we need food to make sure that we can continue to support people in our community struggling to put enough food on their table.
Usually nearly all the food we distribute has been donated by the local community, although we sometimes buy food if we run out of essentials. Many of the places that regularly host donation points are closed because of coronavirus restrictions and in-store donations in supermarkets have been particularly badly affected. So far in 2020 we have needed to buy around 40% more food than we did in the same period last year.
So please give today to help Southend Foodbank provide food to people in crisis. Every donation will help.
How you can help
Donating money means you can stay home and still help the foodbank. If you’re a UK tax payer you can add Gift Aid, which boosts your donation without costing you any more. The money you give could then be used to buy food to make sure the foodbank can keep supporting people across our community. It doesn’t matter if it’s only the cost of a single can, it all adds up.
If you can give food and can safely visit one of the drop-off points or deliver to the warehouse. If you can find them in the shops, we need rice, UHT milk, tinned meat (including tinned meat pies, meatballs, tins of meat, chicken in sauce or stewed steak etc) and tinned vegetables (including potatoes, carrots, peas, tomatoes or mixed vegetables). You can also support a digital food drive on Bankuet.
For other ways to support the foodbank and to find out more about what we’re doing, sign up to our occasional newsletter via the stay in touch field on the website or follow us on social media. As part of the Trussell Trust network, we work towards ending the need for foodbanks and you can take actions to support campaigns for change. Clicks, cash and cans all make a difference.
About Southend Foodbank
The foodbank has a central warehouse and administration office in Southchurch that currently supports 6 distributions centres, each open for a session one day a week Monday-Saturday. Distribution sessions run in Hawkwell, Southchurch, Shoebury, Westcliff and Leigh-on-Sea. Current opening times are different from our usual arrangements and are updated on the Covid-19 page on the website.
In the six and half years the foodbank has been open, local agencies have made around 11k referrals and food has been given to support 27k people, with families supported in every area around Southend and Rochford. 2019 was our busiest year ever, but 2020 is already the most challenging.
We have had to deal with a lot of uncertainty and many changes in the way we work, but the community and our volunteers have been steadfast in their commitment to making sure that no one in our community goes hungry. We have seen people give sacrificially and generously even in the midst of this situation and this encourages us to keep going. Thank you to all who give and support us in every way! - Natasha, Project Manager