Waterside Foodbank Project.
Waterside Foodbank was set up by people from the local churches when they saw that there were people in their own community going hungry as a result of finding themselves in crisis. It was decided to launch the Foodbank under the umbrella of Waterside Ecumenical Projects (churches working together) which had successfully run the small coffee shop in Blackfield some years before. Since the launch of the Foodbank the project has grown into it’s own premises at Blackfield and, as well as operating as a Foodbank, it now includes a shopfront, where good second hand clothing is sold at very low prices.
Waterside Foodbank covers the area of the whole of the Waterside from Eling to Calshot, and from East Boldre to Southampton Water. Although we are part of the Trussell Trust group of foodbanks which includes Ringwood, Verwood and Fordingbridge Foodbank we also work closely with our neighbouring independent foodbanks at Totton, Southampton and Lymington. They work under a different voucher system, so if you live in their area you will need to contact them direct:
Totton – Testwood Baptist Church
Most of our staff are volunteers who freely give of their time to run the project, however, because we have premises in which to operate, we still have rent, rates, maintenance and utility bills to pay. We are so grateful for all those individuals and organizations who have helped us finance the project since we opened our premises in 2010.
You too can help us in our work by not only supporting us financially, but also by donating in-date non-perishable food items and good quality secondhand clothes. Please follow the link to find out more.