Storehouse Community Foodbank

The Storehouse Community Foodbank has been serving Banbridge and the surrounding area since 2013. We are founded on Christian principles and are committed to working with people regardless of religious belief or non- belief. We are simply – local people, helping local people.

At the Storehouse our fundamental ethos is to consistently demonstrate compassion and dignity. When a client presents at our opening sessions, we accept them with the utmost compassion. It’s neither our place to judge an individual’s situation or comment on it, we are there to meet an immediate need and we do that with dignity and respect. Very often for a client to actually come to the food bank it can be quite a traumatic journey and we are always mindful of the stigma and negative connotations associated with needing to use our service.

In the past year food parcels we have given out have directly impacted almost 600 local people, from new born babies to pensioners. Food poverty in Banbridge is in many ways a hidden issue. Nobody wants to advertise the fact they’re struggling to put food on their family tables or to give their children fresh fruit and vegetables, but the reality is it’s happening and is an increasing problem.

Christmas Appeal 2020

We all know that 2020 has been a very strange year with a lot of households affected in many different ways.

We are determined to make Christmas 2020 more joyful for everyone struggling at this time. If you would like to make Christmas a little brighter for people in our community please consider donating some of the following items…

  • Chocolate/sponge pudding etc
  • Mince pies
  • Tinned fruit
  • Tinned or packet custard
  • Sweets
  • Instant drinking chocolate (that can mixed with water)
  • Chocolate biscuits
  • Dried stuffing in a packet
  • Packets of angel delight or jelly
  • Jam
  • Gravy granules

Please ensure that all items are dated after 25 December 2020

This year we want to also ensure that the children in our community, who have been affected by the current situation, have a little extra Christmas joy, so we would also welcome donations of Christmas crackers. These will be given out with our family parcels at Christmas.

Support us financially

Throughout this season of COVID-19 we have seen a large increase in the number of families contacting us for help. Every donation no matter how small financially will make a huge difference to struggling families right here in Banbridge.

Donate items in person

The Storehouse is supported by people from all walks of life in our community. We welcome donations of all non-perishable food items from anyone willing to help. Simply leave your donations at the address below…

Bean There Coffee House
40 Church Street,
Banbridge,
BT32 4AA

Monday to Friday from 9am-2pm.

If this time is unsuitable you can always leave your donation with All4Pets (opposite Bean There cafe).

Items we currently need

At the moment we would really appreciate donations of the following items…

Food

  • Tinned spaghetti
  • Tins of potatoes
  • Tins of carrots
  • Tins of rice pudding
  • Tins or packets of custard
  • Jam

Toiletries

  • Shampoo
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes
  • Soap
  • Washing powder
  • Sanitary products
  • Please do not donate cleaning products or bleach.

Children’s Products

We often support families who find themselves in need of nappies.  We are frequently asked for sizes 4, 4+, 5, 5+, 6 and 6+ the most. Nappy pants are often preferred for the larger sizes.

49-51 Church Street, Banbridge, BT32 4AA, Northern Ireland

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