Start a foodbank

Without people like you there wouldn't be a network of foodbanks providing emergency food to people in crisis across the UK. All Trussell Trust foodbanks are launched in partnership with local churches and communities, because local communities are best placed to meet local needs. We'll provide you with all the tools, training and know-how that you need to start a foodbank so that people in crisis in your town don't have to go hungry.

‘Every church should consider a foodbank’ Steve Chalke MBE, founder of Oasis, Stop the Traffik and Faithworks

Our vision is to see a foodbank in every UK town, creating a nation where no-one has to go hungry - could your church help make that a reality?

Why start a foodbank?

What we can offer you:

When you join The Trussell Trust Foodbank Network we will provide:

  • full training
  • an operating manual
  • ongoing support from national staff team and a regional development officer
  • template website tailored to your foodbank with your own content management system
  • branding materials including leaflets, banners etc
  • PR advice and template press releases as well as opportunities to talk to national press
  • an online forum
  • an online stock control system
  • annual audits and quality assurance process
  • corporate relationships - discounts and services e.g. Trussell Trust foodbanks are able to hold supermarket collections in local Tesco stores and receive a 'top-up' of 30% on what is donated
  • national and regional conferences
  • access to the foodbank network’s shared ideas and experience.
Foodbanks are asked to make a £1500 donation towards these costs. If you would like to find out more or visit a foodbank to see how it works contact the foodbank network office on 01722 580171 or foodbanknetwork@trusselltrust.org 
Whatever your size or resources you can make a big difference!

How the network began

We launched our first foodbank in a garden shed and garage in Salisbury in 2000. The demand for its services was so large that we carried out research into the UK-wide need for foodbanks and discovered that short term hunger was a nationwide problem. The foodbank network was founded in 2004 based on the successful Salisbury foodbank model.

Since 2004 we’ve launched over 420 foodbanks nationwide in a wide range of towns and cities. Our fast-growing network gave emergency food to over 913,000 people in 2013/14. Sadly, many more people are going hungry in towns with no foodbank, which is why we believe that every town should have one.

UK foodbanks gallery

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