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.
Brighton Food Bank is now fully staffed with a full-time team leader and two part-time team members, therefore we can prioritise providing our clients with the attention that they deserve. We intend to completely refurbish the food store this year, and are introducing recipe cards for clients to follow that require ingredients readily available in our food bank.
Our team aims to develop relationships with churches, schools, and supermarkets to ensure food donations are more specific to the needs of our food bank. For example, asking churches to collect a specific item for us, such as coffee. With a 23% increase in clients in the past year, we need to provide a solution for the decreasing stock levels. Our team aims to grow deeper relationships with Money Advice Plus and Christians Against Poverty, two organisations that have been a great asset in helping us move our clients out of their crisis. They also aim to work with other agencies to deliver a better service for those who come to us for help.
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).