HOW IT ALL WORKS
Partner agencies refer people in genuine need to us. Our partner agencies include GP surgeries, Social Services, Citizens Advice (CA), charities, schools and churches, health visitors and pharmacies: those best placed assess need and refer people for the short term help they need. In an average year we work alongside around 40 partner agencies and deliver nearly 2000 food parcels.
FOOD IS DONATED
Donations of food are placed in collection boxes at either Sainsbury’s or Waitrose in Sherborne, The Cooperative Westbridge Park, Hunt’s Supermarket (next to Sherborne Station), Dike & Son of Stalbridge, in the basket at the back of Sherborne Abbey Church, collection point at Cheap Street Church and in various other parish churches, community and workplace groups and schools. If your community group does not have a collection point for the food bank we we would welcome you to set one up.
FOOD IS SORTED, STACKED & PACKED
Our team of 70+ volunteers carries out a range of activities including collecting food from various donation points, sorting the food to check that it’s in date, shopping for shortfall items; then picking and packing into bags for delivery according to individual need.
FOOD PARCELS ARE DELIVERED
Sherborne Food Bank delivers emergency food parcels to Sherborne and surrounding communities from Bishops Caundle to Bradford Abbas, Stalbridge to Charlton Horethorne and beyond – an area of some 78 square miles. We work in co-operation with other recognised local food charities. Serving a largely rural area, we deliver parcels to the home address of clients, or by agreement to the agency office which is referring them. For those in rural areas, without access to transport, our delivery service is vital.