Corsham Churches Food-bank (http://corshamchurchesfoodbank.org.uk/) is a non profit making charity which relies on food donations to work, filling boxes which are then given to those who are referred to the Food-bank. Established in May 2011 it is supported by all the local churches, and run entirely by volunteers.
Support during Coronovirus emergency: We’re still open for business and are still getting donations from both the Co-op in Corsham and from Sainsbury’s. We’re changing our operation a little to try and distance clients from our volunteers by making use of extra rooms at St Aldhelm’s. The main problem we may have is that quite a number of our volunteers, particularly on Tuesdays are in the “over 70” group. We would welcome fit younger people coming forward to help.
Over the last couple of days we have had a lot of contact from families who are self-isolating. Our stance is that if the family meets the criteria for obtaining food from us we will continue to help but ask the family to arrange for a friend or relation to come and collect for them. Self-isolation on its own isn’t a reason to get help from the food bank, though we will always listen to the circumstances. As far as food supplies are concerned, the things that we currently need most are: long life juice and bottles of squash; tinned fish, meat or veg; Children’s chocolate bars and Christmas goodies – but please check these do not have alcohol in them as we cannot issue these.
If you could volunteer for the foodbank please get in touch with the church office (see below) and we’ll pass your details on. Thank you.
Donations can be left in the white and green collection bins which are in St Bart’s Church, Neston Church, Gastard Church, St Patrick’s Church, Corsham Baptist Church, St Aldhelm’s Church and Corsham Co-Op. They can also be delivered in person to the Foodbank’s base at St Aldhelm’s Church (Pickwick Road, Corsham) from 10am- 11.30am on Tuesdays or 10am-12noon on Saturdays.
If you have any questions or wish to volunteer for the Foodbank please phone 07788 115095.
The items suggested below are specific in order to meet the needs for the food boxes. Sizes are approximate and reflect the fact that they cater for single people, couples and families
- Fruit Juice (long life carton, 1 litre)
- Breakfast cereal (small packets, 1kg packets, variety packs)
- Soup (tinned, 400g)Baked beans (tinned, 400g and 200g)
- Tomatoes (tinned, 400g and 200g)
- Tinned Vegetables (assorted, 400g and 200g)
- Instant Mashed potatoMeat (tinned, 400g and 200g)
- Fish (tinned, 100g)
- Fruit (tinned, 400g and 200g)
- Rice pudding (tinned)
- UHT milk (long life, 1 litre and 2 litre)
- Sponge pudding (tinned, 400g and 200g)
- Pasta (various, 500g)
- Cooking Sauces (tins or packets)
- Sugar (500g)
- Tea Bags (40s,80s,160s)
- Biscuits (large packet, small packet)
- Snack Bars (e.g. cereal bars)
- Chocolate bar (single bars or multipacks)
- Baby foods (tinned, jarred)