Food Banks need your help
Food Banks provide emergency food support to people in crisis. The food they offer is to stop people going hungry when they cannot afford to feed themselves or their families. A food crisis can happen for a number of reasons: redundancy, benefit delays, sudden illness or bereavement.
During Covid-19, the unexpected is happening to more people in greater numbers. Local food banks need your help.
Ways to Help your local food bank
- Look out for food donation boxes in supermarkets and add a couple of items when you do your shopping.
- Drop off donated food items directly to your local food bank – see the list below for times and locations.
- Co-ordinate a local collection in your neighborhood or place of work. This could be as simple as placing a box (preferably with a lid) in an accessible place and encouraging your friends and neighbours to donate food.
- If you can afford it, consider making a regular cash donation – this helps food banks to manage their supplies effectively.
Items in demand vary by food bank (see their lists); however top requests include: tinned meat and fish, tinned vegetables, tea and coffee, toilet roll, soap and toothpaste.
Food banks in Reigate & Banstead
Click on your local food bank to see what items are running low and how to donate.
- Epsom & Ewell Food Bank (in Banstead and Tadworth area)
- Food Bank at St Matthew’s, Redhill
- Loveworks (Reigate and Merstham)
- Horley Food Bank
If you need to use a food bank, you will require a referral from a support agency, such as Citizens Advice Reigate & Banstead. For a list of support agencies and contact numbers see here.