How the Barnsley Foodbank Partnership works
If you are in need of food, please contact us and we will advise you which frontline professional can help.
Food is donated
Almost all the food given out is donated, whether by schools, churches, businesses, individuals, or through supermarket collections. You can donate food at one of our Collection Points – see this MAP.
Such collections engage the public at supermarkets where they are met by volunteers who offer shoppers a ‘foodbank shopping list’ and ask them to buy an extra item with their shop. This food is then collected at the checkout before being taken to the foodbank warehouse in Grange Lane.
Food is sorted and stored
At the warehouse, food is sorted by volunteers according to type and ‘best before date’. They also check it is undamaged (and that it can be used in a food parcel) and pack it into boxes and store it, ready for use. Food is then taken to foodbank centres, where it is made up into food parcels for clients. There are currently 7 centres in Barnsley:
- Salvation Army in Wombwell
- Hope House Café in Barnsley town centre
- Salvation Army in Goldthorpe
- St Georges Church in Barnsley town centre
- New Hope Church in Athersley
- Elim Centre in Kendray
- Wesley Methodist Church in Darfield
We hope to open in more communities as soon as resources allow.
Frontline professionals identify people in need
Care professionals such as doctors, health visitors, social workers, Citizens Advice Bureau staff, welfare officers, the police and probation officers, amongst others, identify people in crisis and issue them with a foodbank voucher.
Clients receive food
Clients bring their voucher to a foodbank centre where it can be exchanged for three days supply of emergency food. Food parcels have been designed by dieticians to provide recipients with nutritionally balanced food.
Clients are signposted to further support
Volunteers meet clients over a cup of tea or hot meal and are able to signpost people to agencies who can help resolve the longer-term problem. As foodbanks are an emergency food-provision service, it is important to get clients in touch with organisations who can help them address the underlying problem.
Who Runs It?
The Barnsley Foodbank Partnership is Charitable Incorporated Company. It is led by a Steering Group with members from: Church Action on Poverty in Barnsley, Voluntary Action Barnsley, Barnsley Council, Local Churches, Barnsley Credit Union, and Health Trainers. For further details see the Partners page.
If you are interested in becoming a Foodbank Centre, or helping raise money, collect food or volunteer, then contact us.