We provide emergency food parcels to local people identified by agencies as lacking the funds to buy food. Parcels are enough for 3 days and can include toiletries and baby products if needed as well as food. The food we offer is non-perishable in tins and/or packets. We are open Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays.
Our footprint covers Gloucester City and immediate surrounding areas including Brockworth, Churchdown, Longford, Twigworth, Highnam, and Hardwicke.
Our administrative centre is based in Great Western Road where we organise the packing of emergency food parcels which can be delivered or collected (by appointment only) on the days we are open.
Alternatively, we have a collection service at 2 hubs based in Gloucester Elim Church (Park End Road) open on Thursdays from 10:30am until 12:30pm and St Philip & St James Church in Hucclecote open on Wednesdays from 10am until 12 noon. Clients can sit down and chat to a volunteer over a cup of tea/coffee while their parcel is packed.
Parcels are tailored to the number of people in the household and the needs of the clients as much as possible.
In addition, The George Whitefield Centre is our warehouse and where donations are delivered, sorted and stored.
We work with over 150 agencies including but not exclusively GL Communities, Citizens Advice, CCP, local schools, housing support agencies, Social Services, Local Council, National Probation Service, Domestic Abuse Support Services and several teams within the NHS who identify and refer the individuals and families lacking the funds to purchase food to Gloucester Foodbank for emergency food parcels.
From April 2023, we will be working more closely with GL Communities to provide a Financial Inclusion service for people referred to us for emergency food with the aim to maximise their income so that they have more money in their pocket.