The Foodbank at Epsom Methodist Church has been running since 2012 and is open Friday afternoons from 2.00-4.00. It is run by the Epsom & Ewell Foodbank, part of the Trussell Trust network. To date the five Epsom and Ewell Foodbanks have fed over 10,000 people.
To be able to receive help someone must have a valid voucher, obtainable from local agencies such as:
the job centre
the Citizens Advice Bureau.
The foodbank provides an emergency parcel of 3 days of nutritionally-balanced, non-perishable food, the quantity is according to the number of adults and children indicated on the voucher. Clients can only receive 3 vouchers in a six-month period and the Trust has a database to identify multiple applications.
While the food parcel is being prepared, the recipient is offered a warm drink and a biscuit and those Foodbank volunteers, who are specially trained to know about local services, can offer practical guidance helping them to break out of crisis. They are also offered a prayer with someone, should they wish to do so.
We welcome donations of non-perishable food, washing powder and liquid, antiperspirants and deodorants, shampoo and shower gels, but can only accept small quantities of donations at Epsom Methodist Church where there is a collecting box in the office. The urgent items required are on listed on Weekly Notes.
For larger quantities, please leave the items in the collection box at
Sainsbury’s, Kiln Lane
those other local supermarkets that have collecting boxes
or at the main centre at the Generation Resource Centre, Ruxley Lane, Ewell.
In addition Epsom and Ewell Foodbank runs “Eat Well Spend Less”, a six-week basic cookery, nutrition and budget management course. It also runs a Furniture Bank, which includes bedding, linens and crockery and which in one month gave out 98 items of furniture and household items.