Sawtry Foodbank

Providing emergency food to local people in crisis

Sawtry Foodbank COVID-19 Update 11/01/21

The Sawtry Foodbank continues to operate each Friday, but we are running a delivery-only service. Please do not come to the CARESCO Centre to collect a parcel unless previously agreed.

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.

Please get in touch with us via email or telephone if you have a voucher and require a parcel for this Friday.
Telephone: 07743 593863 / Email: If you need support, but do not have a voucher, please contact the relevant agency and ask for a referral to Sawtry Foodbank.

Virtual referrals can be done via Sawtry Infant School, Sawtry Junior Academy, and Sawtry Village Academy, as well as the Reverend Becky Dyball of All Saints Church and the Cambs County Council teams based at Sawtry Community Centre.

A fuller list of voucher holders can be downloaded here. For more help, please contact us.

We are working hard behind the scenes to keep this service operational throughout the exceptionally demand caused by 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.

If you would like to donate any food to the Foodbank, you can download our list of basic items here. We have collecting baskets available in Sawtry Co-op Foodstore and The Addison Arms in Glatton. Other donations can be made by prior arrangement through the team or the CARESCO office. To make monetary donations, please contact the CARESCO office for details, or pop your donation, clearly labelled for "Sawtry Foodbank", through the letterbox at the CARESCO Centre.

A huge thank you to those local businesses who have helped to sponsor our appointment of a Sawtry Foodbank Supervisor who is now co-ordinating the service.

Our thanks also to Sawtry Parish Council for all their help and support during this crisis with accommodation to keep the Foodbank operational and supporting local families.

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

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 C of E, St Benedicts RC (part of St Luke's RC in Peterborough), and Sawtry 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 C of E.

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 about Sawtry Foodbank, please download our leaflet

For more information about our partner agencies and session times of other local food banks, please download our leaflet

To find out more about food banks on a national scale, visit the Trussell Trust.

We work in partnership with other local food banks including Godmanchester Foodbank and Yaxley Foodbank (based at St Peter's Church).

Page last updated: Thu 28 Jan 2021