Dorking Food Bank
Dorking Area Foodbank (updated 1st April)
If you are not currently visiting supermarkets to leave donations there, please leave your items in the Food Basket which is now located outside St Paul's Church in the South Porch - collections/transport to the food bank is taking place frequently.
This week we would like you to focus on: (Click here
for a full list of requested items)
Tins of vegetables
Small jars of coffee
Tins of tomatoes
Tins of soup
Thank you message received from Dorking Area Foodbank following our Harvest Collection
Dear All at St Paul's Church
Thank you very much for supporting the Dorking Area Foodbank this Harvest time. We are immensely grateful to
you all for your kindness and generosity. All the lovely donations we received will be put to good
use in emergency food parcels to support local people in financial crisis and unable to feed themselves.
The foodbank has always been a very real example of a community project with local people pulling together to help
others. The ongoing Coronavirus Covid-19 challenges have highlighted just how strong this community spirit is -
despite months of restrictions and all the accompanying difficulties and concerns you have continued to think of
others and ensured that your Harvest collection still went ahead.
Thank you again for your kindness and generosity.
We hope that you all remain well during these still uncertain and difficult times.
Thank you for supporting our local foodbank in previous years with your harvest donations and we would very much welcome your support again this year.
There's still a demand for a local foodbank
The Dorking foodbank has now been open for over five years and unfortunately there is a still a need for a foodbank in our area. From the beginning, this has very much been a community project, with local people, churches and schools very generously supporting it. We have donation points in supermarkets and churches and every week people kindly give food to ensure we can provide emergency food parcels. These are distributed to local people identified by our Referral Agencies as being unable to put food on the table. We also provide 'holiday boost bags' and run holiday 'pop ups' to support the growing issue of holiday hunger among local families who really struggle when their children are on school holidays and don't receive their daily free school meal.
What's in a food parcel
The purpose of an emergency food parcel is to enable people to make nutritious meals to sustain them for three days. Our 'shopping list' details the items that we can include in a food parcel. This is important guidance as although people are so very generous, there are some things that unfortunately we just can't use.
Can you please ask that only items on our preferred shopping list are donated. We have prepared the attached flyer and poster for you to use that covers the shopping list items to help communicate this message.
We respectfully request that all donated items are non-perishable, unopened and in date. Also that they have a Best Before Date of 2021 or beyond. Unfortunately we cannot accept homemade products.
And thank you!
Your generosity at harvest time is always greatly appreciated and the foodbank is very grateful for your support.
We have food, so please continue to signpost those who are struggling financially to come down to the Foodbank. They don’t need to bring a red voucher. The red voucher system has been suspended. The Foodbank opening times have been amended. They are Tuesdays 4.45pm-5.45pm and Thursdays 2.30pm-3.30pm
‘for I was hungry and you fed me, thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in…….’Matthew 25, 35
We are always looking for people with a little spare time to give to the work of the Foodbank.
If you are interested in volunteering for us please email:
Ali Studley at: firstname.lastname@example.org