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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. Please bring ID.

We have four 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. There is a Citizen Advice Bureau adviser at this cafe and a debt adviser from Christians Against Poverty. Connecting Canterbury are also available.

  • Canterbury: All Saints Church (Military Road, Canterbury CT1 1PA) - Tuesday 9.30am to 11am. There is a Citizen Advice Bureau adviser at this cafe. Connecting Canterbury are also available.

  • Herne Bay: The Salvation Army, 33 Richmond Street HERNE BAY CT6 5RH - Tuesday 12.30pm to 2pm.

  • Whitstable: The Umbrella Centre, 10 Oxford Street WHITSTABLE CT5 1DD - Thursdays 9.30am to 11am.  There is a Citizen Advice Bureau adviser at this cafe.

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.

Please try and bring your own bags when you collect the food parcels

We are currently working with a number of referral agencies including the following.
Vouchers can be obtained from these agencies:

Available to all:
  • Citizens Advice Bureau
  • Canterbury Debt Advice Centre
  • Christians Against Poverty
  • Churches
  • NHS Health Trainers
  • Salvation Army
  • SVP

For those who use these organisations:
  • Porchlight
  • The Women’s Refuge
  • Addaction
  • Age UK
  • Brtitish Red Cross
  • KRAN
  • Catching Lives
  • Cantercare
  • Canterbury City Council
  • CASA Support
  • Early Help
  • Forward Trust
  • Children's Centres
  • East Kent Housing Association
  • Social Services
  • Social Services Mental Health Team
  • The Probation Service
  • Thanington Neighbourhood Resource Project
  • Health Visitors
  • Royal British Legion
  • East Kent Community Drug and Alcohol Service (Turning Point)
  • Town and Country Housing
  • Sanctuary Housing
  • Hersden Community Centre
  • Primary Schools via Family Liaison Officers
  • Canterbury Umbrella
  • Whitstable Umbrella

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.
Click here to access our privacy statement.

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.

Soup Cellar – Whitstable Baptist Church, Middle Wall (behind Sainsbury’s)

Every Wednesday, serving free homemade soup from 12 noon till 2pm

Everyone welcome.

Thanks to Granny Smith’s Greengrocers, local Coop store, Whitstable Baptist Church and SVP for your ongoing support.