Emergency food in a crisis
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Do you need an emergency food parcel?
Canterbury Food Bank works on a referral system. A food voucher can be obtained from a referral agency that is working to help you. This can be brought to the distribution centre to receive three days' worth of emergency food.

We are currently working with a number of referral agencies including the following:

  • Citizen’s Advice Bureau
  • Porchlight
  • The Women’s Refuge
  • Christians Against Poverty (CAP)
  • Catching Lives
  • Riverside Children's Centre
  • East Kent Housing Association
  • Social Services Mental Health Team
  • The Probation Service
  • Thanington Resource Neighbourhood Project

We cannot provide a food parcel without a voucher. When you collect your food, your details will be documented and stored on our database (click here to view our data protection policy). There is a limit of five food vouchers per rolling year, per individual/family.

We have three weekly distribution venues:

  • Canterbury: St Dunstan’s Church Hall (behind the church at the junction of St Dunstan's Street and London Road, Canterbury CT2 8LS) – Friday 12pm to 1.30pm. Click here for map.
  • Canterbury: All Saints Church (Military Road, Canterbury CT1 1PA) - Tuesday 9.30am to 11am. Click here for map.
  • Herne Bay: St Andrew’s Christian Centre (Hampton Pier Avenue, Herne Bay CT6 8DY) - Tuesday 12.30pm to 2pm. Click here for map.

Please ensure that you have the means to get your food home, as food parcels are heavy, particularly for a whole family. There is limited car parking available at/near the churches, if required.

Click here to download a selection of recipes that can be made using the contents of a food parcel with a few store cupboard extras. Many of the extras can be found on our bonus tables at the distribution cafes.

For more information on becoming one of our partnership agencies, please contact us.