Foodbanks

Foodbank Centres in Ely Diocese

Sadly there are many people who through a variety of reasons - benefit issues, redundancy, relationship breakdown - find themselves unable to provide food for themselves and their families.

Foodbanks exist to provide emergency food to those in need. On production of a voucher from a local referring agency such as CAB, a doctors surgery or a Housing Association they can receive three days food for themselves and their dependant families. Foodbanks also provide a listening ear to help people in crisis break the cycle of poverty. Many Foodbanks are run by the Trussell Trust www.trusselltrust.org, although some are independent.

Details of the Foodbanks in Ely diocese are listed below;

1, Cambridge Foodbank (Administration centre), 2 Orwell House, Orwell Furlong, Cambridge CB4 0PP, 07772 538628. www.cambridgecityfoodbank.org.uk. Email - info@ccfb.org.uk

Distribution centres

  • St Pauls Centre, Cambridge CB2 1JP; Open - Mondays 4.00pm- 5.30pm and Fridays 2.30pm-4.30
  • Chesterton Methodist Church, Chesterton CB4 1RW; Open - Tuesdays - 10.30am -12.30pm
  • OLEM Cambridge CB2 1JR; Open - Wednesdays - 10.00am-12.00pm
  • The Ark, Cambourne CB23 6AF (use CB23 6GW for satnav); Open - Thursdays 10.00-12.00
  • Church of the Good Shepherd, Arbury - Open - Thursdays 11.00am- 1pm
  • Waterbeach Baptist Church, Waterbeach CB4 2ET; Open Fridays 10.30am - 12.30
  • C3 Centre Coldhams Lane C3 Centre, CB1 3HW; Open Friday 10.30am - 2.00pm
  • C3 Church Centre, Trumpington CB2 9HT; Open - Fridays 11.00am - 1pm

2, Ely; Countess Church, Chapel Street, Ely CB6 1AD; Tel 01353 662396; www.ely.foodbank.org.uk

Open, Tuesdays 11am - 12.30pm and Fridays 1pm -2.30pm

Distribution centres;

  • March, Centenary Baptist Church, High Street, March PE15 9LB; Open - Tuesdays 1.00pm - 2.30pm
  • Cottenham; Baptist Church, High Street, Cottenham CB24 8RX; Open - Wednesdays 1.30pm - 3pm
  • Soham; Salvation Army, Bushel Lane, Soham, CB7 5BY; Open - Thursdays - 9.30 - 11.00am
  • Chatteris; Emmanuel Church,East Park St, PE16 6LD; Open - Fridays, 10.30 - 11.30am
  • Sutton, The Glebe, 4 High Street, Ely, CB6 2RB; Open - Fridays - 11am -12.30pm
  • Ely, The Forum, Barton Road, CB7 4HZ; Open - Fridays 1 .00pm - 2.30pm

3, Godmanchester, Godmanchester Baptist Church, East Chadley Lane, Godmanchester, PE29 2BJ; Tel 01480 458565 ; www.godmanchester.foodbank.org.uk; email foodbank@godmanchesterbaptist.org

Open Mondays and Thursdays - 10am-2pm

Distribution centres;

  • Sawtry, Caresco, Green End Road, Sawtry, PE28 5UX; Open Tuesdays and Fridays 3.30pm - 6pm
  • Yaxley, St Peter's Church, Church Street, Yaxley, PE7 3LH; Open Mondays and Thursdays 3.30pm-6pm

4, Ramsey Great Whyte, Ramsey, Huntingdon PE26 1HU; 01487 812818; www. ramsey.foodbank.org.uk

Open Tuesdays and Thursdays - 10am - 1pm

5, St Neots , 2B, Little End Road, Eaton Socon, Cambridgeshire, PE19 2BU
01480 475 426 (Admin and distribution centre)

Distribution centres

  • Opendoor Church Centre Eaton Ford PE19 7BA; Mondays 4pm - 6pm
  • St Neots United Reformed Church PE19 1BN; Tuesdays 10am- 12 noon
    Berkley St Methodist Church PE19 2NB ; Thursdays 4pm - 6pm
  • St Mary's Parish Church Eaton Socon PE19 2BU; Fridays 10am to 12 noon

6, Wisbech Baptist Church, Hill Street Wisbech, 07446 354501; www.wisbech.foodbank.org.uk

Open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays ; 2pm - 4pm

  • There is also a distribution centre at The Sovereign Centre, Sovereign Way
  • Downham Market, which is attached to Kings Lyn Foodbank and is open on Tuesdays - 12.30-2.30 and Fridays - 10.30-1.30pm
  • Other non Trussell Trust food charity centres include;

St Ives Foodbank, All Saints Parish Church, Church St, St Ives, PE27 6DG; 01480 384334; www.stivesparishchurch.org.uk/foodbank

Open Tuesdays - 10.30-12.00

Foodcycle/Cambridge Hub,

Open Saturdays - 12.30 at , OLEM, Hills Rd, Cambridge CB2 1JR and 1st and 3rd Wednesdays - 6.30 at Barnwell Baptist Church, Howard Road, Cambridge CB5 8QS

So how can we help?

If you don 't feel able to open a Foodbank in your church, we can still support the existing Foodbanks. Here are some of the ways we can all help;

  • Virtually all the churches in the diocese support Foodbanks by providing food which is great, but they do run short from time to time. Why not keep an eye on your local Foodbank website to see what the needs are in your area. Some Foodbanks do 'emailshots ', why not ask to be included on their distribution list so your church can respond quickly when there is a shortage?
  • Foodbanks are trying to expand the range of goods they provide including toiletries, and other domestic goods which they may need to buy in. So why not check periodically with your local Foodbank as to what their current needs are? They may want non-food goods or money to buy them. Alternatively they may need stuff such as office equipment to support their services.
  • Consider volunteering. Part of the service Foodbanks offer is to provide a non-judgmental listening ear, but also to help their clients on the next step out of poverty. Training is provided for volunteers, but if you feel unable to do that, maybe there are other jobs your Foodbank centre would value help with - such as packing food parcels or storing donated food.
  • Most important of all pray - that food hunger will be eradicated in our time, but meantime for the Foodbank centres in your area and their clients.