Swindon Food Collective

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Registered address
Swindon Food Collective,Bentham Close
Stonehill Green,Westlea
SN5 7DG

Phone
07932108732

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Charity number
1180603

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The Swindon Food Collective is the independent food bank working across Swindon and District feeding people who are in crisis. Our mission is to reduce the impact of food poverty on people in crisis and our vision is that no-one goes hungry.

We collect donated non-perishable food through various points across the town such as Tesco, Asda, Morrison's and the Co-op supermarkets as well as many churches, schools, businesses and other community groups. This food is then sorted and packed into boxes ready for distribution through our 7 centres Monday to Friday each week. Each centre is open for 2 hours at a time and together they offer 10 sessions a week for people to access our food parcels which provide between 3 and 5 days food. We also distribute household cleaning products, baby food, pet food and sanitary goods when we have them in stock. Each major school holiday period i.e. Summer, Christmas and Easter we provide additional hampers to ensure that children do not go hungry when they do not have access to free school meals, breakfast or after school clubs.

People are referred to us by over 40 different agencies or through their children's schools. Normally people are allowed to redeem 3 vouchers in 6 months except in exceptional, verified circumstances when more can be negotiated.

There are many reasons why people need our help; they are often working but have low wages, are awaiting benefit decisions, facing extra or unexpected bills, suffering a bereavement, accident, sickness or have a disability.

In the last year we have fed over 5,500 people of whom 30% were children and given out over 60 tons of food. We operate with one part time, paid member of staff and over 65 volunteers. Annually it costs IRO £37,000 to run this vital emergency food service.

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