Exeter Foodbank is part of the Trussell Trust Foodbank Network and provides three days of emergency food to people in crisis who have little or no food and little or no money to buy food. People are referred to us via one of the 100+ statutory and charitable agencies in the city who hold our vouchers. The food is available for collection from a central city location on Monday (1-3) and Tuesday/Thursday(2-4). The reasons for referral are varied and include delayed wages, illness, redundancy, debt, child holiday meals and domestic violence but the biggest reasons are benefit changes (in & out of work benefits as well as disability benefits) benefit delays and low income.
All the food is donated by the general public through various supermarkets in the city as well as via church and school harvest festivals and other food businesses.
As well as non-perishable food we also provide fresh fruit and vegetables supplied to us by DCFA and welcome donations of basic toiletries, toilet paper, baby food and nappies.
In the year 2014/14 we fed 4508 people of which 1072 were children.
Exeter Foodbank employs two staff – a part time manager and a part time administrator – and is supported by over 100 volunteers who ensure the smooth running of the work involved in getting food to the people who need it.
Website: Exeter Food Bank