Food Bank

The Wheathampstead Foodbank is an initiative of Wheathampstead Friends in partnership with St Albans and District Foodbank.

It is based at

Hilldyke Community Centre, 17 Hilldyke Road, Wheathampstead, AL4 8TU

and is open every Thursday between 12:30 and 14:30

Phone 01727 613019


Why do we exist?

1 IN 5 PEOPLE ARE LIVING BELOW THE POVERTY LINE IN THE UK

Today in Wheathampstead, there are families struggling to put food on the table.  For people on low incomes, a sudden crisis—redundancy, benefit changes or delay or even an unexpected bill—can mean going hungry.

Every day, parents skip meals to feed their children; some are forced to choose between paying the rent and eating.

Wheathampstead Foodbank provides emergency food and support for local people in crisis.

Who and Where we are:Hilldyke

The Wheathampstead Foodbank is run by the St Albans and District Foodbank in partnership with volunteers from the Wheathampstead Friends.   Its purpose is to show care in action for people in crisis in our area.

We are open every Thursday at the Hilldyke Community Centre from 12:30 – 14:30.

Like most foodbanks, to keep going it needs to be topped up. If you are able, please donate some food—perhaps when you are shopping, look for “Buy one get one free” and give us the ‘free’ one!

Donations of food can be made to the Foodbank using the box in St Helen’s Church porch labelled ‘Foodbank’. Please Do not take it up to the Food Bank on the day.

If you know of someone who may be in need of the Wheathampstead Foodbank, please phone 01727 613019 or email manager@stalbansdistrict.foodbank.org.uk.

Thank you for your generosity.

HOW THE FOODBANK WORKS

Donations

STEP 1

Non-perishable food is donated by the public.

Sorting

STEP 2

Volunteers at St Albans and District storage site sort and pack the food into parcels.

Voucher

STEP 3

Frontline Care professionals will refer you to our service. If you are having trouble obtaining a referral locally please call the following freephone number:

National Freephone Line Citizens Advice (Foodbank Referrals) 0808 208 2138 – Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm

If you can’t get a referral, please come and discuss with the fully trained team or contact the Foodbank Manager on the numbers and email already listed.

Any information given will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Pack

STEP 4

Food bank vouchers are exchanged for approximately three days food at the Foodbank and next steps discussed with the fully trained team.

 CAN YOU HELP?

>   Donate non-perishable food to your foodbank (see below)

>   Give money

>   Volunteer

>   Hold a fund raising event

Non-perishable food list

  • Milk—long life / powdered
  • Soup
  • Pasta sauces
  • Puddings
  • Cereals
  • Tea bags / Instant coffee
  • Rice / Pasta
  • Tinned Meat / Fish
    • Vegetables
    • Fruit
    • Tomatoes
    • Rice Pudding
  • Biscuits / snack bars
  • Instant mashed potato
  • Cleaning products
  • Toiletries
  • Pet  food