A quick introduction to how we work.
Stroud District Foodbank was established in December 2011. A member of the Trussell Trust, we work alongside, but are independent of, the Long Table, Kid’s Stuff and the Furniture Bank. We are a registered charity (no 1176306) managed by a board of volunteer trustees.
SDF relies on the support of the local community through volunteering, food donations and fundraising. All our food is donated by the local community, through churches, schools, businesses, individual donations and supermarket collection days.
We lease a central warehouse, currently at Brimscombe Port, where the food is stored before being transferred to our network of drop-in centres. We have three part time paid staff, 7 volunteer trustees, around 150 regular volunteers and another 150 involved in supermarket collection days.
Our clients are referred to us by over 100 frontline care agencies who identify people in need and issue them with a voucher to exchange for a food parcel. In ‘normal’ pre-covid times our clients came to one of the drop in centres to collect the food parcel and have the opportunity to receive advice on other sources of help. During covid restrictions we have been delivering food parcels to people’s homes.
In addition to crisis food parcels, we also make holiday food parcels for the Easter, Summer and Christmas holidays to prevent the need for a food bank visit by the most vulnerable.