How foodbanks work

Providing emergency food to people in crisis.

Every day people in the UK go hungry for reasons ranging from redundancy to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income. A simple box of food makes a big difference, with foodbanks helping prevent crime, housing loss, family breakdown and mental health problems.

Food is donated

Schools, churches, businesses and individuals donate non-perishable, in-date food to a foodbank. Large collections often take place as part of Harvest Festival celebrations and food is also collected at supermarkets.

Food is sorted and stored

Volunteers sort food to check that it’s in date and pack it into boxes ready to be given to people in need. Over 40,000 people give up their time to volunteer at foodbanks.

Distribution of Food

With effect from March 2022 Cinderford, Coleford and Lydney Distribution Centres will be open for food parcel collections


Tuesday’s 1.00pm – 3.00pm


Regents Hall, Bath Place, Lydney  GL15 5RR


Wednesday’s 10.00am – 12 noon


The Salvation Army, Broadwell


Thursday’s 1.00pm 3.00pm


The Forest & Wye Community Church, Parragate Road, Cinderford


You will still require an e-referral from one of the following agencies:

St James Church, Bream – Claire Phillips 01594 562985, open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9am to 1pm.  Friday 9am to 3pm.

Katrina Cracknell, Forest of Dean Community Church, Cinderford.  Mobile number – 07944591112

CCP (Green Square) Gloucestershire Community Based Support – Cinderford, Coleford and Lydney Debt, Housing, Budgeting 0300 365 2002

FODCAB – North and West Gloucestershire Citizens Advice Low Income 0300 330 9006

Salvation Army Low Income, Social Care, Debt 01594 839106

FoD Families Children’s Assessment Teams Social Care 01452 426565

Age UK Community & Social Care, Legal, Housing, Financial & Social Isolation 01452 422660

Help through Hardship – Low income support – 0808 208 2138

Change, grow, live – Drug & Alcohol dependency support – 01452 223014 (www.changegrowlive.org)

GDASS – Supporting victims of domestic abuse Designed to reduce the level of domestic abuse and improve the safety of victims and their families. 01452 726570
Email: [email protected]

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