Cheltenham Foodbank


How Foodbank works - a partnership with The Trussell Trust

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13 million people live below the poverty line in the UK, including people living in Cheltenham and the surrounding areas.

Every day people in the UK go hungry for reasons ranging from redundancy to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income. The Cheltenham Foodbank provides a minimum of three days emergency food and support to people experiencing crisis in the UK.

In 2011-12 foodbanks fed 128,687 people nationwide, 100% more than the previous year. Rising costs of food and fuel combined with static income, high unemployment and changes to benefits are causing more and more people to come to foodbanks for help.

Cheltenham Foodbank is in partnership with The Trussell Trust with over 250 foodbanks currently launched and a goal for every town to have one.

 

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Wednesday's and Friday's from 11am-1pm

At Elim Centre, part of Elim Christian Centre,
115-117 St Georges Rd, Cheltenham

 

How it operates

People are be refered from different local agencies who have assessed that a person or family is in need and unable to afford food. They are given a special voucher to bring to the Cheltenham Foodbank which is exchanged for 3 days worth of food. It is possible to repeat this up to a maximum of 3 times.

Partnerships

People who are members of other churches in Cheltenham can partner with the Cheltenham Foodbank in the following ways:

  1. Help with food collections, help in the store room, meet with clients and more.
  2. Ask their church to have a special food donation box available in the church.
  3. Support the foodbank financially.
  4. Churches and schools can hold Harvest assemblies and collect food for this project.

Get Involved

If you are interested in helping those in need in Cheltenham through the foodbank, please contact us.  This may be individually, together as a local group, church, company or school.  

Get involved and more info at cheltenham.foodbank.org.uk

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Real Life Stories

  • Couple Force to Borrow
  • Skipping School

Couple forced to borrow soup to feed 18-month-old daughter

When temperatures plummeted in January 2010 foodbank clients across the UK were forced to choose between eating and heating. For Anne-Marie and Danny, 22, a delay in benefits hit at the same time as Danny was off work with flu. He received no sick pay and finances got so tight that they were faced with eviction as well as having no money for food.

The couple and their 18-month-old daughter, Tia, were living and sleeping in one room to reduce heating bills. They resorted to borrowing a tin of soup from their neighbours to stop little Tia going hungry. When the foodbank delivered an emergency foodbox to the delighted family there was ice on the inside of their windows.

‘I don’t know what we would have done next if it wasn’t for the foodbank’, says Danny.
December and January often see foodbank client numbers increase across the UK as people struggle with additional costs of heating and Christmas.

Skipping school to avoid embarrassment of no lunch money

A primary school boy from Gloucester stopped attending school recently because he could not face the embarrassment of having no money for lunch. On visiting his home to deliver a foodbank parcel, the school’s liaison officer discovered there was no food, except a little oats and milk. The mother’s purse was empty. The mother of two explained that her husband had left her and that the benefits were in his name. He had not been contributing towards child care since leaving and when she informed the Benefits Agency all benefits were stopped, including child benefit, because of her ‘change in circumstances’. The support worker estimated that it would take two to four months for the benefits to be re-assessed.

Officially, additional benefits like free school meals are not available to children unless parents can prove that they are in receipt of benefits. Fortunately, the foodbank was able to step in to help, enabling the boy to return to school.

Benefit delay and benefit re-assessment cause people across the UK to go hungry. Almost 40% of foodbank clients last year experienced benefit delay.