Boston & Sutterton Foodbank

“The foodbank was there when we really needed it, it was an absolute lifeline.”

We don’t think anyone in our community should have to face going hungry. That’s why we provide three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to us in crisis. We are part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.

COVID-19 Update

Due to the ongoing and unprecedented global pandemic, the Boston & Sutterton Foodbank has adapted their procedures to ensure the safety to all concerned whilst still being able to carry out this vital service.

Foodbank Clients

To obtain a Foodbank Voucher you must still meet one of the criteria set out by the Trussell Trust. If you meet this criteria, you can call the national Citizen’s Advice Bureau on 03444 111 444 or 0808 2082138 who will then issue you a code for an e-voucher. We are only able to deliver in exceptional circumstances due to demand, we politely ask that you collect your Food Parcel(s) from the Foodbank which is located in the Blenkin Memorial Hall (opposite Goodbarns Yard pub) on either a Tuesday or Thursday between 12noon – 2pm. Once you have quoted your e-voucher code, we will then be able to match this to your voucher and issue you with your food parcel.

Donations

We continue to be grateful for all donations, food and financial.

Food Donations: We ask that your first option is to deposit food donation in the many collection points in your local supermarket or convinence store. You will find a collection basket at most major supermarkets and your local Coop’s. We would really encourage you to use these where possible. If it is not possible for you to donate in this way we are recieving donations contactless. To do this, please leave your donation at the Parish Office front door – The Rectory Offices, Wormgate, Boston. PE21 6NP on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 11.30am – 1.30pm. This way a member of staff will be able to collect your donation. If either of these options are not possible, please contact the Parish Office via 01205 310929 – this should be only used in exceptional circumstances as we are currently operating with limited staff.

Financial: To make a financial donation, please contact the Parish Office via 01205 310929 or email adam.kelk@parishofboston.co.uk to arrange for this to be done. We can accept BACs payments and card payment via telephone.

Volunteering

We are currently unable to offer any volunteering roles within the Foodbank, however there may be other ways in which you can help. To find out more, please contact our Volunteer Manager via caz.harvey@parishofboston.co.uk

Thank you

Finally we wish to thank all those who continue to support the work of the Boston & Sutterton Foodbank to help those who are most vulnerable in our community.

How Foodbanks Work

Providing emergency food to people in crisis
Every day people in the UK go hungry for reasons ranging from redundancy to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income. A simple box of food makes a big difference, with foodbanks helping prevent crime, housing loss, family breakdown and mental health problems.

Food is Donated
Schools, churches, businesses and individuals donate non-perishable, in-date food to a foodbank. Large collections often take place as part of Harvest Festival celebrations and food is also collected at supermarkets.

Food is sorted and stored
Volunteers sort food to check that it’s in date and pack it into boxes ready to be given to people in need. Over 40,000 people give up their time to volunteer at foodbanks.

Professionals Identify People in Need
Foodbanks partner with a wide range of care professionals such as doctors, health visitors, social workers and police to identify people in crisis and issue them with a foodbank voucher.

Clients Receive Food
Foodbank clients bring their voucher to a foodbank centre where it can be redeemed for three days’ emergency food. Volunteers meet clients over a warm drink or free hot meal and are able to signpost people to agencies able to solve the longer-term problem.

Opening Times

Boston Foodbank
St Christopher’s Church, Fenside Road, Boston. PE21 8HY
Tuesday’s & Thursday’s: 12.00pm – 2:00pm

Sutterton Foodbank
Please note that Sutterton Foodbank is temporarily closed.
St Mary’s Church, Station Road, Sutterton. PE20 2JH
Friday’s: 10am – 12pm

For more information about the Foodbank please see their website: https://boston.foodbank.org.uk/