Brighton Food Bank
Our team exists to help families and individuals going through times of crisis. We do this primarily through food parcels, but also by supporting clients emotionally, physically, and spiritually, as well as signposting them to other agencies across the city for expert advice. As a Christian food bank, it is our privilege to share our faith with clients and offer prayer when welcomed.
Each client needs a referral and is given an appointment time. Looking back over 2017, we are so thankful for the many agencies we have worked with. A total of 684 people were supported through the work of our food bank, which is thankfully, and somewhat surprisingly, only a very small increase on the total of 663 clients seen in 2016.
The generousity of the people of Brighton and Hove has been astonishing. A total of 17 businesses now collect food for us on a regular basis. Supermarkets, such as Waitrose and Asda, are among our biggest weekly supporters, as well as Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Tesco, and the Co-op. We are also so thankful for the 58 churches that regularly collect food for us. Through our Schools team we also collect from 24 schools. During 2017, a total of 29 510kg of food was donated to pass onto our clients.
We run a Fuel Aid scheme. A small number of carefully selected families and individuals, struggling with heating their home, benefit from this grant scheme. In addition to this, for those being housed for the first time, we can assist with a Start Up Home Pack, which consists of some essential items, such as kitchen equipment, a towel, and some bedding.
With the Church
Our Brighton Food Bank does not run independently, instead it is supported by an eclectic mix of local churches, who deliver this vital service together to our city. Our team is run by 3 staff and 17 volunteers who attend 11 different local churches. A total of 106 churches regularly support the work of our food bank financially and through prayer.
Our vision for 2018, and into the future, is to run our food bank united with the various churches. We want churches to adopt the service we provide as their own. Community focused churches know people that are most at need in their area. We want to encourage these churches to refer people they know are in crisis into this service.
Referral Forms and Donations
If you are a client looking to use the Brighton Food Bank, you must be referred by an agency. If you are not connected to an agency and don’t have a key worker, the Brighton Unemployed Centre Family Project may be able to help you. You don’t need to have a family to be referred by them.
If you are an agency looking to refer a client to the Brighton Food Bank, please call 01273 695330, and ask them for the referral form (we may require more information before sending the form).