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Colchester Foodbank opens on Saturdays

In 2018 Colchester Foodbank, the busiest Foodbank in Essex, provided three-day emergency food supplies to over 7,000 local people in crisis, over a third of which went to children.

The foodbank is set to open on a sixth day a week with support from the Community Fund from Colchester Borough Homes and One Colchester Winter Resilience Fund.

People had complained that they couldn't access the Foodbank on weekdays because loved ones who would help them to get to the Foodbank are working. The Foodbank are piloting opening Saturdays to see if this helps better manage the demand for the service.

Michael Beckett, Foodbank Manager at Colchester Foodbank said:
"For the last decade, the foodbank has seen a trend of increasing demand and with the ongoing impact of Universal Credit and Brexit we don't expect this trend to change anytime soon. It isn't right  that people especially children suffer without food in Colchester or the surrounding area.

"We continue to work with  other foodbanks across the  country to campaign for long-term  change, so hopefully we can reach a  future where the foodbank can close through lack of demand.  Whilst that work is underway, we'll do all we can to make  sure local people at risk of hunger get crucial support including opening on Saturdays now. We're  extremely fortunate that local people and organisation are so generous allowing us to do this."

Chief Executive of Colchester Borough Homes Gareth Mitchell said:
"I'm extremely pleased that the Colchester Borough Homes Community Fund has been able to help organisations as important as Colchester Foodbank. They are doing crucial work in the local community and we are proud that the funding is being used to expand the service they offer.

"The Community Fund shows our commitment to making a difference in communities across the Borough."


The One Colchester Winter Resilience Funding Panel said:
"The purpose of the One Colchester Winter Resilience Fund is to provide additional capacity to voluntary and community groups supporting at risk groups, residents and projects that help local people during the Winter period. We are pleased to be able to assist Colchester Foodbank to address the needs of our community members."

The Foodbank are grateful for the support from our local community. Donations of food items like tinned vegetables, small packets of rice, packets of 80 teabags, longlife fruit juice cartons and other things like washing capsules, shaving cream, deodorant, size 4 to 6 nappies are particularly needed, and can be made by dropping off donations at our warehouse or at supermarkets. People can also donate money either as a one of gift or even better commit to giving a regular monthly gift by visiting Colchester Foodbank's website page.  www.colchester.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-money

Michael Beckett, invited you to find out more:
"If you have never visited the Foodbank to see what they do perhaps you would like to pop by and find out for yourself? Colchester Foodbank is at 33 Moorside Business Park, Eastgates CO1 2ZF near the Royal Mail sorting office, open from 10am to 2pm Monday to Saturday. You can also visit our partners at Brightlingsea Foodbank on Wednesdays 10.30am to 12.30pm at Brightlingsea Parish Hall and Wivenhoe Foodbank on Thursdays 10 am to 12 noon at Wivenhoe Congregational Church. We look forward to meeting you"

About Colchester Foodbank:

  • Colchester Foodbank is a registered charity number 1152387, Registered in England and Wales.
  • Colchester Foodbank was started in 2008 being legally founded in 2009. Since then we've been providing three days emergency food and support to local people.
  • Colchester Foodbank is the busiest Foodbank in Essex, our over 100 volunteers provide meals to feed over 500 meals in a normal month, that is over 125 meals each week. More than any other Foodbank in Essex, in 2017/18 financial year we provided meals for over 6,300 people.
  • Over one in three of those fed by Colchester Foodbank are children.
  • Recent statistical evidence from the Trussell Trust shows that Foodbanks a year after Universal Credit Full Roll out had experienced an average 52% rise in demand. Source - Left Behind: Is Universal Credit truly universal? https://www.trusselltrust.org/what-we-do/research-advocacy/universal-credit-and-foodbank-use
  • Colchester Foodbank is one of the most 'Liked' Foodbanks in the UK on Facebook. www.facebook.com/FoodBankColchester
  • Please follow Colchester Foodbank on Twitter www.Twitter.com/colchfbank
  • Colchester Foodbank charity's Food HQ premises fund launched in May 2018 has so far raised £45,299 Please give £10 to pay for a brick, "Be a brick, buy a brick" to help! Donations can be made via Co-Op Bank. Account name: Colchester Foodbank. Account number: 65361687. Sort Code: 08/92/99.
  • Colchester Foodbank charity are asking for 'change for change' if people are willing, they ask people to recycle an empty jar by collecting their loose change they can spare in it and when the jar is full, sealing it and then donate it to the foodbank
  • Colchester Foodbank works in partnership with Wivenhoe Foodbank and Brightlingsea Foodbank and is part of The Trussell Trust network of Foodbanks. For  UK-wide Trussell Trust foodbank statistics visit https://www.trusselltrust.org/news-and-blog/latest-stats
  • For more info on Colchester Foodbank, please visit www.colchester.foodbank.org.uk