Emergency food in a crisis
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What is Canterbury Food Bank?
We are a community project and registered charity (no. 1153791) providing emergency (three-day) food parcels to individuals and families in short term financial crisis across the Canterbury District (Canterbury, Whitstable, Herne Bay and surrounding villages).

We are a Christian-led project that brings together volunteers of all faiths and none to provide a vital service to people in short-term need.

Want to find out more? Click here to download our latest newsletter (Apr 2016).

Our operating objectives are to:

  • Build a regular and sustainable supply of food and financial donations to enable the provision of emergency food parcels, education and support;
  • Provide education and advice to assist those in need, including, but not limited to, cooking, diet, food safety and budgeting;
  • Build strong on-going relationships with local agencies and other relevant organisations to provide support and resources;
  • Recruit and maintain a team of dedicated and trained staff and volunteers from the local community;
  • Ensure all infrastructure – including required facilities, vehicles and materials – is in place and within budget;
  • Ensure a strong governance structure and supporting communication channels are in place to enable the successful running of the Charity and to ensure the charity status is maintained;
  • Contribute to the wider debate on the cause and effects of poverty and hunger in the district.

Why do we need a Food Bank?
Hunger is not just a third world problem. There are ‘hidden hungry’ here in our affluent district of Canterbury. A sudden change in circumstances, such as a family break up, illness, unexpected bill, delay in benefits, redundancy or even reduced working hours can result in people being unable to feed themselves and their family.

According to the latest child poverty statistics, there are over 4,000 children living in poverty in the Canterbury District out of a total population of 135,000 people - that's one in seven children.

We gave out over 3,200 food parcels during 2014!