Charity Spotlight - The Wetherby Foodbank

“The foodbank was there when we really needed it, it was an absolute lifeline. " We don’t think anyone in our community should have to face going hungry. That’s why we provide three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to us in crisis. We are part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.


Ring 0808 2082138 for advice & a voucher.

Drop in 10-11 Tuesdays & Fridays

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Getting Help


We know that anyone can reach crisis point and we're here to help when that happens. If you need help from our foodbank there are a few simple steps to follow.


THE MOST IMPORTANT STEP IS TO GET A FOODBANK VOUCHER

In order to provide the most appropriate help for the circumstances of your situation we work with local agencies. If they feel you are struggling to put food on the table, they will issue you with a foodbank voucher. The local agency can also provide long term support if needed to help address some of the issues behind the reasons for your crisis. Agencies we work with include: Citizens Advice, housing support officers, children’s centres, health visitors, social services and some local charities.


GET IN TOUCH WITH US

If you call or email our foodbank we can talk through your situation and put you in touch with a relevant local agency.



ARRANGE A VISIT TO THE REFERRAL AGENCY

They will discuss your situation and supply you with a foodbank voucher where appropriate.


If you are in financial crisis and live in England or Wales, please call 0808 2082138 for free (open Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm) to talk confidentially with a trained Citizens Advice adviser. They can help address your crises and provide support to maximise your income, help you navigate the benefits system, and identify any additional grants you could be entitled to. If needed, they’ll issue you with a voucher so you can get an emergency food parcel from your local food bank.Please ring Wetherby and District Foodbank on 07840 455725 with your CitA voucher code to arrange delivery or collection.


BRING YOUR FOODBANK VOUCHER TO YOUR NEAREST FOODBANK CENTRE.

You can find a list of our local centres and opening times here. When you arrive, we’ll welcome you with a warm drink and our trained volunteers will chat with you about your situation. We’ll also discuss any dietary needs you may have and exchange your foodbank voucher for a parcel of three days of emergency food. We’ll also help to support you in any other ways that we can. Most of our foodbank centres offer a cafe style environment and our aim is to provide non-judgemental support at the point of crisis.If you have any further questions our FAQ’s page may help, or feel free to give us a call.


We know that crisis can strike anyone and we also understand how difficult it can be to think about walking through a foodbank door. That’s why our foodbank volunteers aim to welcome everyone who comes to the foodbank with compassion, kindness and a listening ear.


MEETING YOUR NEEDS

Your foodbank voucher will be exchanged for three days of emergency food. We want to make sure that we give you the right food to meet your needs, so please do let our volunteers know if you have any special dietary requirements or allergies, for example, gluten free, halal or vegetarian.


PREPARING YOUR FOOD

Whilst your food parcel is being prepared, a volunteer will offer you a warm drink and a biscuit. They will also be available if you would like to have a chat. Your food parcel will be packed into supermarket carrier bags. If you prefer to bring your own bags those can be used instead.


PRACTICAL GUIDANCE AND SUPPORT

Foodbank volunteers take the time to listen and support you. They are specially trained to know about local services and offer practical guidance so that you have access to the right support, helping you to break out of crisis.


Click here for more information about Wetherby Foodbank


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