Foodbank

We are a local group of volunteers who believe strongly in care for ALL People, regardless of backgrounds or beliefs. We turn this belief into action through the generous donations of food and funds from local people. 

Today in Yate & Chipping Sodbury there are families struggling to put food on the table, this is not just an inner-city problem, but an issue facing our local community. A sudden crisis - redundancy, benefit delay, your boiler breaking down - can mean going hungry. Parents are skipping meals to feed their children and people are forced to choose between paying rent and eating.

Yate & Chipping Sodbury foodbank provides emergency food and support to local people in crisis.  The Yate & Chipping Sodbury Foodbank is part of the UK-wide Trussell Trust Foodbank network, provides a minimum of three days emergency food and support to people experiencing a crisis. locally, there are three Trussell Trust foodbanks, Yate, Mangotsfield, and Thornbury. [ https://yatechippingsodbury.foodbank.org.uk/]

How a Foodbank works

Step 1: Non-perishable food is donated by schools, churches, businesses and individuals
Step 2: Volunteers sort and pack food into nutritionally-balanced emergency food packages
Step 3: Frontline care professionals, such as doctors and social workers, give Foodbank vouchers to people in crisis
Step 4: Foodbank vouchers are exchanged for 3 days of food at a Foodbank outlet
Step 5: Foodbank volunteers take time to listen to clients and signpost them on to other useful organisations or longer term means of support

FOODBANK DOES MORE THAN JUST FILL EMPTY STOMACHS

As well as providing 3 days emergency food, volunteers meet clients over a cup of tea or coffee and are able to put them in touch with agencies such as debt counselling, pregnancy crisis and befriending groups. Assistance has also been given with form filling and letter writing to help individuals solve long-term problems.

They treated me with understanding, compassion and moreover, like a human being.