Foodbank

We operate the largest foodbank in Guernsey, supported by many churches, individuals and businesses.

Covid-19 Update:  At the moment financial donations are much appreciated as we can then bulk order which saves the amount of handling needed.  However, we do have collection points at Waitrose, Co Op Grand Marche and Alliance stores and appreciate food items which are donated there on the day of purchase.  We are helping on average 75 households a week with around 225 bags of store, fresh and frozen food.  (updated 24.4.20)

Items we are currently running low on:

Tuna
Pasta
Baked beans
Tinned tomatoes
Tinned fruit
Rice
Tinned vegetables (peas, carrots, potatoes)
Soup
Powdered milk

Other items we use regularly:

Coffee
Tea bags
Corned beef or other tinned meat
Fray Bentos pies
Orange or blackcurrant squash
Sugar
Biscuits
Cereals
Pasta sauce
Strawberry jam
Tomato sauce
Rice pudding and custard
Cuppa soup

Top 3 most needed items

Tuna Tuna
Chopped tomatoes Chopped tomatoes
Pasta Pasta

Satellite collection points

Around the Island we have established satellite collection points where members of a working community or church congregation support the work of our Foodbank by donating goods on a regular basis.

Current participants are:
Town Church, Spurgeon, Church on the Rock, St Martin’s Church, St Andrew’s Church, St Peter’s Church, St Sampson’s Church, Les Camps Methodist Church, St Joseph’s Church, Wesley Methodist Church, St Stephen's Church, Holy Trinity Church, St John's Church, Capelles Methodist Church, St Matthew's Church, Northern Trust, Vale Church, Salvation Army, St Andrew's Church of Scotland, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Others arrange collections on an ad hoc basis and these include:
Education Department, Medical Specialist Group, Queen’s Road Medical Practice, Aon Insurance, Guernsey Financial Services Commission, Intertrust, The Plough, Vale Primary School, Beechwood School, Vauvert Primary School, BDO, KPMG, Swoffers.

If you would like to know more about setting up either a permanent or temporary satellite collection point at your church or place of work then please contact us.

Supermarkets and Food Waste

Waitrose in the Rohais and Admiral Park, Co-Op Grand Marche in St Martin's and the Bridge and Alliance have permanent collection points at their exits where shoppers can donate any time they are shopping.

We work with the Co-Op, Waitrose and Marks & Spencer to alleviate food waste on the Island and also to be able to benefit our clients by being able to offer fresh items alongside the store cupboard items that the foodbank has traditionally stocked.  We currently make 13 collections a week.  We have fridges and freezers in place to be able to store the items safely and, having begun collections in September 2017 we now have a good system in place and are pleased to be saving many items from being thrown away and putting them to good use with families who appreciate them.

What to donate

We are happy to receive any tinned, dried or packaged goods that have a long use by date. Most of our clients are families with young children so mild flavours and child friendly food is appreciated. 

Seasonal giving

The demand on our service is much increased in December when we also like to give out extra treats such as chocolates, selection boxes, mince pies etc. Other churches, businesses and individuals help us greatly at this time with extra gifts and these are most welcome though are needed as early in December as possible.  We are also happy to receive Easter Eggs, as long as they are in good time for Easter, bearing in mind that we will be shut on Good Friday.