There are a number of food banks in South Yorkshire. Below we’ve selected and featured 10 from across the region.
This food bank was started in 2012 by members of the Sheffield community. They accept referrals given to families suffering from food poverty by local agencies. After an intake interview where needs will be assessed and preferences noted, recipients will be given a parcel filled with non-perishable items meant to last a minimum of three days. Families can visit up to seven times in six months but then must wait another six months for further allotments.
2. S6 Food Bank
Founded by members of local churches and the Sheffield community, the S6 Food Bank continues to serve its community. They provide emergency food designed to provide the balanced nutrition recipients require for at least three days while other sources of relief can be addressed. They work in tandem with The Trussell Trust, an organisation dedicated to fighting food poverty across the country.
There is no need to go hungry when there is help for you. If you don’t require assistance, perhaps you are in a position to donate or volunteer. Questions can be addressed to someone on the contact list.
If you find yourself in need of help with nutritional deficiencies in Doncaster, you can turn to the Doncaster Food Bank at St. James Church for assistance. With a referral from a community agency or professional, those needing supplemental food can make an appointment to discuss their needs and receive a parcel filled with shelf staples that will keep food on their table until other assistance can be put into place.
The Bentley Baptist Church (BBC) Food Bank serves the needs of the hungry in Bentley and North Doncaster. Formed by church members as an outreach to their surrounding community, this food bank is open one day each week to serve anyone with a referral from a local agency or department. Those without a formal referral can self-refer to receive temporary assistance to get them through difficult times.
The Rotherham Food Bank was started by local clergy and community members in Rotherham. It works in tandem with The Trussell Trust, an organisation dedicated to fighting food poverty across the country. You can visit this food bank with a proper referral, where they will briefly chat over a cuppa and a biscuit. At the same time, they assess your needs, including any nutritional preferences related to health conditions and religious or lifestyle choices. Suitable emergency provisions will then be supplied to help you and your family,
Voluntary Action Rotherham (VAR) was established by community-minded businesses and individuals in Rotherham to fight poverty in their area. This agency provides support designed to lift those who visit them for help up and direct them toward area food banks. VAR will continue to work with them to ensure they are food secure while establishing more long-term solutions.
This member of The Trussell Trust was formed in 2013 by area churches and individuals interested in tackling the problem of food insecurity in the community around them. A referral from an accepted department or agency is required before you can make an appointment to receive assistance from the food bank. During your initial visit, a volunteer will assess your needs and provide an emergency parcel based on your family’s needs.
Since 1998, FareShare Yorkshire has operated as a food collection service for area food banks in County Yorkshire. Located in the Barnsley community where they were initially formed, they work tirelessly to collect food waste, donations from the community and food distributors. They also make bulk purchases, storing it all for redistribution to area food banks who will pass it along to those in need. The strength of this single-source collection and bulk purchasing allows member food banks to provide even more assistance for those suffering from food poverty.
Food Aware Community Interest Company (CIC) in Wombwell was created by volunteers determined to capture potential food waste and weaponize it in the war against hunger. They rescue everything that can still be safely consumed and redistribute it through their network of participating food banks and soup kitchens across South Yorkshire. They are keen on providing fresh food like fruits and veg instead of less nutritious items like non-perishables and frozen foods.
New Hope Food Bank in Dinnington is an outreach program created by New Hope Community Church. They secure food through purchases from donations, individual donations and food reclamation from partnering charities. Recipients are invited to procure a parcel of perishable and non-perishable foods that will last up to seven times a day. No referral is needed, but distributions per household are limited to four times in six months.