Great Yarmouth Foodbank – is a partnership of local churches: Ranworth Benefice, The Salvation Army in Great Yarmouth, St Mary Magdalen Gorleston and the Gorleston Baptist Church.
Our food help and support consist mainly of food donations from the local churches (from the parishes of Acle, South Walsham, Woodbastwick, Freethorpe and Ranworth, Ormesby Light of Life Baptist Church, Gorleston Baptist Church, Park Baptist Church, Kings Community Church, Cliff Park Community Church, St Peters RC, St Mary’s Southtown, St Nicholas Bradwell, the local Methodist Churches) localschools( Hillside, Cliff Park , North Denes, Herman Academy, Peterhouse CE Academy, St Mary’s Gorleston, and Acle Primary have collections., Local supermarkets, Tesco’s, Lidls, Morrison’s, Sainsbury’s, Gregg’s, Co-op stores readily pass on food and organise collectionsfrom the public. Local community centres MESH, Town Hall, ComeUnity and Make it Happen regularly support us along with the council. Harbour Radio is a collection point as well. Many members of the public also make valuable donations which they drop off at the various collection points at the food banks during opening hours.
Our aim is to provide some of the basic food needs of people in crisis across Gt Yarmouth Borough and the surrounding areas. At the moment this reaches out from Hopton to Ranworth /Acle. Gorleston Football Club has become a new donor to the Foodbank
Once we have identified people in crisis we work closely with local organisations and agencies to reach out and help.
If you are in need, then it is important that you get advice and help regarding your crisis or financial situation. If you already receive input from a local support agency/worker, then please speak to them about making a referral to us. We work with over 50 local support agencies.
We do take referrals directly from the public during this covid emergency but our aim is to work with local agencies.
Our aim is to meet the immediate needs of those referred to us, to establish the root cause of their crisis and to determine how we can best help them to resolve these issues. We are working in close partnership with other agencies signposting them to other support groups in Great Yarmouth in order to be of as much benefit to them as possible. Those accessing the Foodbank must come via authorised agency referrals.
How does it work? – We need to receive donations of food from the public, either via organised collections from Church groups, Voluntary groups, Super Markets or Agencies. These donations are then sorted and made up into food boxes or parcels to a recommended list of contents.
Referrals – It is our intention that the issuing of emergency food will help an existing situation and in no way enable any form of dysfunctional or destructive behaviour. It is also our intention to closely monitor all situations so as not to create dependency on the Foodbank or on any other service that is provided. Unless referrals are made by authorised agencies who we believe we can trust to use the eligibility criteria no parcels can be distributed. We may on occasion and at our discretion pass on a few food items if we believe it will help, but will not continue to help where the system is abused.
Where the food comes from – All food is donated by the public including: schools, churches, businesses, and individuals. We ask for non-perishable, in-date food to the foodbank. All food given out by food banks is donated or bought with funds. ‘Supermarket Collections’ are one of the main ways that food is collected, these are food drives held at supermarkets where volunteers give shoppers a ‘foodbank shopping list’ and ask them to buy an extra item or two for local people in crisis. There are some fantastic volunteers out there who regularly collect from shops, churches, schools, or private individuals. These volunteers are not paid and do an amazing job, so to them we are most grateful.