Dorking Food Bank
Thank you to you all for your continued support of the Dorking Area Foodbank. We are so grateful to every single person who donates food and/or gives financially to our operation. It is only through the generosity of the people of Dorking and the villages that we continue to be able to feed those who seek our help.
We have been open now for 3 years and are often asked if the Foodbank is a success. It is a difficult question to answer as we, like many others, would prefer that we were not necessary. But putting politics aside, if a warehouse well stocked with food and local people regularly accessing the service constitute 'success', then we are doing well enough. Year on year we supply more emergency food, feed more children and provide more meals - all through the generosity of the local community.
Our core work is to provide a place where those in need of food can come to collect it and for this we run a distribution centre down in the Christian Centre in Dorking twice a week. Here clients with a red voucher come to meet with us, drink tea and talk through their situation. We have a Citizens Advice advisor with us to provide the expertise in benefits, housing, debt - whatever is needed. In addition to a core allocation of food, we are able to offer toiletries and basic household items as well as a well stocked 'take now' table which carries all the extras that have been donated.
We also work closely with other charities and agencies to meet the specific needs of their client group. Some agencies hold emergency food boxes for us, other charities request specific items as they need. We run a pop up Foodbank in partnership with the Children's Centre on Goodwyn's Estate to assist their families around school holidays and offer Holiday Boost Bags to other families across the area through our referral agencies.
for the volunteers responsible for the correct sorting and storage of the food donated
for volunteers meeting weekly with those seeking the support of the Foodbank
for wisdom for those heading up the Dorking Area Foodbank to know how the food should be distributed so that as many as possible in the community who need to access the food, can do so easily without stigma or prejudice.
‘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