The Forest Foodbank
The Forest Food Bank is OPEN, we are here for YOULearn more
the year that our food bank opened
this year we became a Charitable Incorporated Organisation
Find out how to get help from our food bank.
We need your support. Find out how you can help
We have some exciting news
After 2 years of hard behind the scenes work The Forest Food Bank is now an independent charity. We are now a CIO.
Coleford Baptist Church has been an integral part of The Forest Food Bank. In the lead up to 2013 many churches got together with the Baptist Church in Coleford where a number of the church members became Trustees of The Forest Food Bank.
During the last few years, it was felt that the size of the Food Bank now warranted it becoming an independent charity, able to draw on a larger pool of Trustees.
We will continue to operate as part of the Trussell Trust network and to serve the needs of the people of the Forest area. Coleford Baptist Church along with the other local Churches, will continue to support the work of the food bank and its new Trustees.
We will share a statement by the new Trustees very soon.
Thank you for your continued support.
Donations during Covid-19 crisis - Drop off points
You can drop off your donations at the following locations where we regularly pick up:
Tesco Lydney - in-store shoppers only. Any food that has been purchased in a different store and brought into Tesco store should be sealed and clearly labelled as having been purchased elsewhere
Tesco St Oswalds Gloucester - in-store shoppers only. Any food that has been purchased in a different store and brought into Tesco store should be sealed and clearly labelled as having been purchased elsewhere
St James Church Centre, Bream, GL15 6ES (please drop off in the foyer between 8:30am-4:30pm)
Vales Butchers, Drybrook
Kevin's Family Butchers, Mitcheldean
Ruardean Post Office
Blakeney Fish and Chip Shop
The Main Place, Coleford
Town Council Offices, Coleford
IMPORTANT How to access an e-referral
The Forest Food Bank is OPEN, we are here for YOU.
We will feed anyone who needs us no matter who you are or what walk of life you come from, it doesn’t matter if you are a single person, a couple or a family we are here for you.
Until we have an end in sight for the need for our service to our community we have to work closely with the agencies in The Forest of Dean to help with your immediate crisis but also help you to access a more long term solution. To access a food parcel you do need to be referred by an approved agency. There are a number of agencies we work with but you can also check with your child(s) school or your local church, they will be more than happy to refer you if you need help with food. Some of our agencies require you to be registered with them to access an e-referral.
To access agencies who can refer you click the ‘Get Help’ button go to vouchers. Call any of these agencies and they will do an e-referral for you.
1. Check the list of agencies on our Facebook page or website. Each agency as an area of expertise please approach the one who fits your crisis.
2. Contact the agency for an e-referral and they will sign post you to help with your particular needs. If you need toiletries or dog/cat food please ask them
to add. If you need a Fuel Voucher ask them to add that to the voucher too.
3. E-referral is placed and delivery to you is arranged.
Current Shopping List July 2021
Many thanks for your support