Bingley Foodbank is a community resource serving local people facing crises in their lives.
It has been initiated by the Airedale Methodist Circuit in Partnership with many local churches, voluntary groups and local organisations.
It opened its doors in Bingley Arts Centre, Main Street, Bingley on 29 November 2013.
The Foodbank is for people in crisis and provides an emergency provision of food. People needing to use the Foodbank should come with a voucher from one of the agencies we work with.
When people arrive, they are welcomed with a cup of tea or coffee and biscuits. People are seen individually and our volunteers will try to signpost them to other sources of help in the community. The food offered should provide emergency food for 3 days.
All the food we offer is non-perishable – i.e.) tinned and packed food.
It is packed in carrier bags and they are quite heavy. Some of our clients find a shopping bag with wheels or a rucksack helpful to take the produce home.
Opening times for people wishing to use the Foodbank are Tuesday and Fridays from 10.30am to 11.45 am.
We serve residents and the homeless in: Bingley, Cottingley, Crossflatts, Cullingworth, Denholme, East Morton, Eldwick, Gilstead, Riddlesden, Stockbridge and Wilsden and Allerton.
The food parcels are given in exchange for a Bingley Foodbank Voucher.
Vouchers are issued by agencies which are likely to be in direct contact with eligible persons such as local schools, medical centres, bodies delivering social services, carer organisations, community support organisations, those supporting the elderly, housing bodies and centres for the homeless, substance abuse and rehabilitation organisations, women’s centres, mental health organisations, probation service and the clergy.
In order to lessen dependence, a client can normally redeem up to three vouchers in any three-month period but only one voucher on any one day the Foodbank is open.
History of usage of Bingley Foodbank
Usage of the Foodbank fluctuates. Some people come only once to get them through an immediate crisis, and others come more often as they find it difficult to manage.
Sometimes, this is through illness, debts or problems with the benefit system. Some families find it difficult to manage during the school holidays when the children miss out on free school dinners. Our volunteers try to indicate where they may find more help.
In 2015, we helped more than 340 different people – of which 219 were adults and 121 children.
Fast forward to 2019 and we had 232 visits and this then fed 422 people – 266 were adults and 156 were children.
The number of visitors to the Foodbank from the beginning of January until the 13th March 2020 are as follows: We had 65 people who came for bags of food from the Foodbank – 18 came more than once.
They represented 21 people with families and in all, we feed 100 adults and 83 children. This included a refugee group with 6 adults and 11 children.
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