There are many Food banks who are in need of donations at this tough time - food, money and volunteers. Can you help?
Food banks are running low on certain items so we really encourage you to support your local Food bank if you’re able to. Some might also be changing their opening hours or the way they operate due to the outbreak. You can find your local Food bank using this Trussell Trust map and visit their website to see what’s happening in your area.
Or to directly see what items are needed at your local Food bank (wherever in the UK you are), use this handy search function from Trussell Trust and Give Food.
The Trussell Trust have lots of useful information on their website, browse it and read more here. The Trussell Trust has also started a new volunteer programme, so if you'd like to donate your time, click here to find out more and sign up to opportunities where you live.
Your local Food bank might be independent - see the Independent Food Aid Network website here
Look at this list from the Sheffield Food bank Network to find the Food bank nearest to you in Sheffield.
S6 Food bank
You can support by donating money or food, or volunteering. Make a donation via JustGiving here - the team will then buy the items which are needed most, in a safe way, reducing social contact at the Food bank, and therefore protecting volunteers and people donating. Here is the list of Donation points where you can drop off food donations. Current priorities are: tinned fish, tinned meat, tinned fruit, tinned veg, tinned rice pudding and long life fruit juice. Please no pasta or beans (we have loads!)
Register to Volunteer here
If you have questions about donations, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 07984 572041 or get in touch on Facebook
Read about S6 Food bank in Exposed Magazine here (written before the Covid-19 outbreak)
Burngreave Food bank
Food donations are still very much needed and can be dropped off at the Burngreave centre between 10.30 and 17.00 on Mon, Weds and Fri. Location: The Rock Christian Centre, 177 - 195 Spital Hill, Sheffield, S4 7LF. Please contact the team before going to ensure someone will be there: email@example.com or 07542 888671
Alternatively you can place donations at the collection points in Tesco Extra (Savile Street) or Tesco Metro, Berkeley Precinct, Ecclesall Road.
The food is flying out so fast at the moment that any donations of non-perishable food are welcome (even baked beans, which we've never had to ask for before!) But things that are particularly short are; tinned veg, tinned tomatoes, UHT milk, long-life fruit juice, tinned puddings (rice pud, custard etc) , cereal, tinned meat, potatoes - mash or tinned; and Toiletries, especially sanitary towels would be great too.
S2 Food bank
Could you organise small collections amongst your friends, family and neighbours? Are you going shopping soon and could get the items to the Food bank? Have a look on Facebook posts for items that are needed. They are asking for long-life juice, cereal, rice pudding, tinned spaghetti, and toiletries, but anything you can spare will be gratefully received. The best time to bring donations to the Food bank (St Swithun’s Church, Cary Road, S2 1JP) is Tuesday 10am - 3pm. You don’t need to have any contact with anyone.
Sheffield RAG raised money for S2 Food bank in their 3 Peaks Stair Climb Challenge on Monday 23rd April See more here and donate!
Donate some food if you can: Look out for collection points in the supermarkets or check out this Trussell Trust list or the Independent Food Aid Network list to find the Food bank nearest to you.
Watch this video from Parson Cross Food bank in North Sheffield to see the extra challenges they are currently facing.