East Grinstead Foodbank
We support local individuals and families in crisis who cannot afford to put food on the table, referred to us by local agencies, (such as Children & Family Centres, local primary and secondary schools, churches, hospitals, Citizens Advice, GP surgeries, in fact over 50 agencies can refer clients to us).
Since we started with a few food boxes in a garage in East Grinstead in December 2012, we have now helped over 3,000 people, averaging 17 people per week.
We are located in the Jubilee Community Centre in Charlwoods Road, East Grinstead and open 3 times a week: Mondays from 1pm to 3pm, Wednesdays from 10am to 12 midday & Fridays from 1pm to 3pm.
We also run a satellite foodbank at the Lingfield & Dormansland Community Centre in the Lingfield High Street from 1:30pm to 2:30pm on the first Friday and third Friday in the month. Recognising that this could be confusing - from the 2nd September 2016 - we will pilot opening for 2 hours every Friday from 1pm to 3pm.
In addition for giving clients food and household items sufficient for at least 3 days in exchange for a red voucher, we also talk to Clients and try to understand their needs and situation, and - where appropriate - look to 'signpost' them to other groups, such as Citizens Advice or the 'Tasty Team' who may also be able to assist.