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Thornbury Foodbank

Thornbury Foodbank

How to contact Thornbury Foodbank

The Foodbank is based at Thornbury Baptist Church, Gillingstool, Thornbury BS35 2EG, and is open every Friday afternoon 2-4pm.

For more information, please call 01454 419 118, visit the Foodbank web page on the Thornbury Baptist Church website or email:

Visit the Thornbury Baptist Church Foodbank page for the current shopping list.

An Award for The Foodbank

Each year, in memory of their former Chair Alan Hudson, Thornbury Volunteer Centre celebrates the work of an individual or group who in their opinion has made a valuable contribution to the local community.

Thornbury Foodbank

In 2017 they were proud to present the Alan Hudson Award for Volunteering Achievement to Thornbury Foodbank, part of The Trussell Trust's UK wide foodbank network. 

The Thornbury branch of Yate and Chipping Sodbury Foodbank was set up four years ago as a Thornbury Churches Together initiative, with volunteers running it and donating food. Food is collected by churches, schools, businesses, other groups and from the public by collecting outside supermarkets.

On receiving the award, Thornbury organisers Mair Vaughan and Chris Verey thanked Thornbury Volunteer Centre for their recognition of the valuable contribution the Foodbank makes to the Thornbury and district community and how it is a sad reflection of modern life that Foodbanks are needed to help and support those less fortunate.

The photo shows Mair Vaughan and Chris Verey, Thornbury Foodbank (far left and right) receiving the Alan Hudson Award for Volunteering Achievement from Barbara Ray, Chair Thornbury Volunteer Centre (second from right) and Thornbury Town Mayor Helen Harrison (second from left).

What is the Foodbank?

The foodbank provides emergency meals for 3 days to people in short term crisis.

The crisis can be the result of problems such as benefit delay/withdrawal, separation, unexpected bills, debt, bereavement or redundancy.

It's a service for local people in short term difficulties, to remove the worry of feeding their families while problems are sorted out.

The Thornbury branch of Yate and Chipping Sodbury Foodbank is a Thornbury Churches Together initiative, with volunteers from all Thornbury's churches running it and donating food.

Yate and Chipping Sodbury foodbank is part of The Trussell Trust's UK wide foodbank network.

How it works

Thornbury Foodbank

Food is collected by churches, schools, businesses, other groups and from the public by collecting outside supermarkets.

The food is sorted by type and date and stored ready for use.

Care professionals allocate vouchers to people they encounter at work who need food.

The client takes their voucher to Thornbury Baptist Church and collects a food parcel and other essentials such as toiletries.

While the parcel is prepared, trained staff talk to the client to see how else they can help, e.g. with debt advice or by liaising with official agencies.

This is a typical example of a client:

If, twelve months ago, someone had told me that I’d be relying on a ‘Foodbank’ to feed me, I would have laughed at them; life was going swimmingly.

Then, out of a clear blue sky, I found myself handed a series of events that were both unexpected and out of my control. I found my income cut off with, sadly, my financial commitments remaining. Before I knew it, I had mere pennies in my bank account and no food in my fridge.

Whilst I’d assumed that the welfare state that I’d paid into for years would help me, I found that I’d been pretty much hung out to dry. Every Government and Local Authority avenue I tried proved to be hopeless. Quite simply there was nothing available in the ‘system’ for people like me.

By the time I found the foodbank, I hadn’t eaten for three days and I was desperate.

If I’m honest, there’s far more embarrassment than pleasure having to go cap-in-hand to a food charity. That said, they treated me with understanding, compassion and moreover, like a human being.

How you can help

Visit the Thornbury Baptist Church Foodbank page to find out how to:

  • donate food on the current shopping list
  • hold a fundraising event
  • give funds
  • volunteer

If you or someone you know could benefit from the assistance of the foodbank, please contact one of our partners to obtain a foodbank voucher. Please contact the Foodbank for a full current list of partners.

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