Sawtry Foodbank

Providing emergency food to local people in crisis

Foodbank Opening Hours
Open Fridays
  3.30pm until 5.30pm
  In the CARESCO Centre
COVID 19 Update

The Sawtry Foodbank will be open this Friday, but we are running a delivery only service. Please do not come to the CARESCO Centre to collect a parcel.

Please get in touch with us via email or telephone if you have a voucher and require a parcel for this Friday. Telephone: 07743593863 / Email: foodbank@caresco.org.uk

We must stress that this service is strictly for people who are in a financial crisis. There are specific criteria, which we will be following to make sure that this service is not abused.

Virtual referrals can be done via Sawtry Infant School, Sawtry Junior School, and Sawtry Village Academy, as well as the Reverend Becky Dyball of All Saints and the Sawtry Community Centre.

A list of voucher holders is given below. For more help, please contact us.

We are working really hard behind the scenes to keep this service operational throughout the COVID-19 crisis. We have been overwhelmed by the support from our community and local businesses. To all our supporters, we can’t thank you enough.

The Foodbank offers emergency food to local people in crisis.

Local agencies, such as schools and health teams, identify individuals and families who are going hungry due to a time of crisis. They are issued with a voucher which enables them to visit a session at the Foodbank and exchange the voucher for emergency food, usually enough for up to three days.

The sessions are run by volunteers who offer tea/coffee and a friendly listening ear. They can also help with pointing people towards other agencies who could assist in finding longer term solutions.

Opening its doors for the first time in January 2015 as a pilot scheme to see if there was a demand, the Foodbank runs under the CARESCO umbrella and through a partnership with the three churches in Sawtry, All Saints, St Benedicts and the Methodist Church.

There are a number of collection points around the village for donations of basic essential foods from the general public including one at the CARESCO Centre, the CARESCO Charity shop, Sawtry Co-op Foodstore, Sawtry Methodist Church and All Saints' Church.

The sorts of foods that we need are listed below:

  • Cereal, small box
  • Cereal, variety pack
  • Porridge
  • Instant single-serving sizes of flavoured porridge/cereal
  • Jam
  • Tinned: meat/tuna/potatoes/veg/beans/soup/fruit
  • Sugar, small bags preferred
  • Instant single-serving packets of heat-and-eat soups and noodles
  • Rice
  • Dried pasta
  • Pasta sauces
  • Crackers
  • Orange juice
  • Tea bags
  • Coffee, instant
  • Long life milk
  • Squash, small bottle

Please remember that all donations need to be well in date and undamaged and that we can’t accept frozen, chilled or home-made items. If preferred, we can also receive monetary donations which the team will use to top up any gaps or to buy other essentials such as baby food.

To download a printable version of our shopping list of required items to donate, please click here

For more information, please download our leaflet

To find out more about food banks on a national scale, visit the Trussell Trust and Godmanchester Foodbank for more information.