Where Are The Essex Food Banks?

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food bankDuring these times of austerity food banks have started to get more enquiries as more families are finding it difficult to earn enough to buy all their weekly groceries. Once the rent and bills are paid there is scant money left for the basic food stuffs. Food banks provide a lifeline for thousands of people across the country now. But, what are they and where are they? How do you know if you are eligible to receive food?

What Are Food Banks?

The UK’s food banks are run by charities, and most are managed by The Trussell Trust, which is a Christian community project (reg. charity 1110522) which serves both the UK and also Bulgaria. Although they are a Christian group they serve all people regardless of faith or beliefs.

In 2012/13 food banks helped to feed almost 350,000 people in the UK, which included around 125,000 children. There are now over 370 food banks operated by the Trussell Trust in the UK. Many are held within churches and community centres.

“If there was no foodbank I’d have to steal something to feed my family.”
Jamie, Andover Foodbank client

Food Banks provide food boxes which contains the following standard set of items:

  • Milk (UHT or powdered)
  • Sugar (500g)
  • Fruit juice (carton)
  • Soup
  • Pasta sauces
  • Sponge pudding (tinned)
  • Tomatoes (tinned)
  • Cereals
  • Rice pudding (tinned)
  • Tea Bags/instant coffee
  • Instant mash potato
  • Rice/pasta
  • Tinned meat/fish
  • Tinned fruit
  • Jam
  • Biscuits or snack bar

All food has a long shelf life and provides lots of energy and a good balance of nutrients too.

Essex Food Banks

These details were sourced from the Trussell Trust website on 5th September 2013. Check the website for the latest: http://www.trusselltrust.org/map

Chelmsford foodbank

Colchester foodbank

Basildon Foodbank

Braintree Area foodbank

Brentwood foodbank

Thurrock foodbank

Harold Hill foodbank

Collier Row foodbank

Harlow foodbank

  • The Rainbow Centre, 2 Wych Elm, Harlow, Essex CM20 1QP
  • 01279 724515

Rainham foodbank

  • King of Kings Community Centre, Mardyke Community Centre, South Street Rainham Essex, RM13 8PJ
  • 01708 521728

Dagenham foodbank

There are several food banks still in development across Essex, with banks planned for Clacton and Southchurch (near Southend-on-Sea).

6 Comments on “Where Are The Essex Food Banks?”

  1. I saw the one at Waterfront Place recently, to be honest was surprised to see a Food Bank in Chelmsford and a bit of a reality check that even in a supposedly affluent City people are struggling all around us. Reminds me of the times I used be taken to a demountable building off New London Road, Chelmsford by my Mum in the very earlier 80’s to get second hand shoes, anyone remember that place?

  2. I never went there. I do remember the embarrassment of having to try on jeans in Chelmsford market though, trying to hide behind the clothes rack at the back of the stall.

  3. I hope you keep the immigrants away from your food banks and give the British citizens the food. These immigrants have brought hell to my business.

    And consider some one some were may be hiding these immigrants in there property and using food banks to feed them.

  4. Nancy, food banks should be for everybody that needs them – if we have people starving here in the UK, it is failing of our government and the welfare state. People need to be referred to food banks, and carry a food bank voucher (unless they are run by the Church of England or another charity). Have you any evidence of illegal immigrants exploiting food banks? Sounds like something the tabloid press would claim. Most of the people using food banks are British citizens who have been screwed by their own government. Don’t blame immigration.

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