If you need help from our foodbank, please read on....
Foodbank is here if you can’t afford basic supplies such as food. During the Covid-19 crisis there may be other reasons you can’t get to a shop for food. Please visit the council website for the many ways you can get help. Or this government website.
Between 23rd December and 4th January we are CLOSED but you can seek help via The Help Hub.
If you can’t afford food..
The most important step is to get a foodbank voucher.
We work with local agencies which can discuss your circumstances with you and issue a foodbank voucher if you need one. The agency can also provide longer term support if needed to help address some of the issues behind the reasons for your crisis.
Agencies we work with include: Citizens Advice, P3, Stroud District Council Housing, Independence Trust, CGL, children’s centres, health visitors and social services. We also work with schools and doctor’s surgeries.
1. Contact a referral agency. ** currently this is best done by phone **
They will discuss your situation with you and supply a foodbank voucher where appropriate.
Citizens Advice: www.citizensadvice-stroudandcotswold.org.uk tel: 0808 800 0510
P3: www.p3charity.org/stroud-drop-ins tel: 01453 750480, or free-phone 08081682443
If you are in financial crisis and live in England or Wales, please call 0808 208 2138 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.
2. Once you have been issued a voucher the agency will contact us with your details and we will contact you about a delivery.
Currently our centres are closed but we are OPEN. One of our volunteers will contact you, discuss any dietary needs you may have and arrange the delivery of three days worth of food – we also have pet food, toiletries and household items available on request. Although we can’t see you in person we aim to give you a warm welcome in a safe way!
Need things other than Food?
We work in partnership with three other local groups who can provide other items in a crisis:
The Long Table is providing 7 meals for £25 via home delivery.
Stroud District Furniture Bank provides furniture for people in Stroud District
Stroud District Kids’ Stuff provides children’s items for parents who need some extra help with clothes and other children’s items.
If you have any further questions our FAQ’s page may help, or feel free to give us a call on 01453 367077 in normal office hours.