About the Trussell Trust Foodbank

About the Trussell Trust Foodbank

Every day people in the UK go hungry for reasons ranging from redundancy to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income. Trussell Trust foodbanks provide a minmum of three days’ worth of emergency food and support to people experiencing crisis in the UK. In 2016-17 foodbanks provided supplies for 1,182,954 people.

The Trussell Trust partners with churches and communities to open foodbanks nationwide. All food is donated by the public and sorted by volunteers. Frontline care professionals such as doctors and social workers identify people in crisis and issue a food voucher. Clients receive three days’ worth of nutritionally balanced non-perishable food in exchange for their food voucher. Foodbanks also make time to chat and signpost clients to other helpful services.

Shellrock benefice supports both the Norwich and Thetford food banks.

Over 937 three day emergency food supplies were provided to local people in crisis by Thetford foodbank during 2016-17, compared to 895 in 2015-16. The foodbank serves Thetford, Attleborough, Brandon and Watton and their surrounding rural areas. The top three reasons for foodbank referral were: low income 30%, benefit delay 26%; benefit change 11%. Over the last year, local people have donated 15.6 tonnes of food to our Foodbank, and over 50 volunteered. Local schools, businesses and faith groups all provide vital support to the foodbank.

From the Norwich foodbank, as at 1 November 2018, you have collected a total of more than 2,562kg of food, including a Harvest donation of over 122kg. Based on the average weight of the food boxes we supply, this would be enough to feed approximately 341 local people, who are in crisis, for 3 days.

What does a food bank need? (Items in red needed most)

Milk (UHT)
Sugar (small bag, 500g)
Long life fruit juice
Pasta sauces
Sponge pudding (tinned/long life)
Tinned tomatoes
Tinned veg
Rice pudding (tinned)
Tea bags
Instant coffee
Instant mash potato
Snack bars
Tinned meat
Tinned fish
Tinned fruit
Instant custard
Shower gel / Shampoo / Toiletries

Please note, the foodbank is unable to collect homemade, non-dated or fresh produce.

Reverse advent calendars are back! The idea is that an item is added to a box each day for 24 days in November. In order to be able to get these out in time to clients we ask that they are given to the Foodbank in the first week of December. If you prefer to donate on a smaller scale, donations of any Christmas treats are also very welcome.

Donation points
Donation points in the benefice can be found at Rocklands village shop, Shropham church, Great and Little Ellingham churches and at Great Ellingham shop. If you have donations, but are unable to get to one of these places, please contact us and we will do our best to help.


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