Sawtry Foodbank

Providing emergency food to local people in crisis

Sawtry Foodbank COVID-19 Update 02/09/21

The Sawtry Foodbank continues to operate each Friday and is running a delivery-only service in most cases. Please do not come in person to collect a parcel unless previously agreed.

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.

Please note 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 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 exceptional 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 items of 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 and the CARESCO Centre. Alternatively, donations can be made by prior arrangement through the team. 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 Supervisor for Sawtry Foodbank who is now co-ordinating the service.

Our thanks also to Sawtry Parish Council for all their help and support during this crisis and supporting local families.

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Foodbank Opening Hours
Open Fridays
3.30pm until 5.00pm

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.

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:

  • Tinned: Fruit / rice pudding / custard
  • Tinned: Hot / cold meats or fish
  • Tinned: Potatoes / vegetables
  • Tinned Spaghetti / baked beans
  • Tinned Tomatoes
  • Tea bags
  • Instant coffee
  • Dried pasta
  • Pasta sauces
  • Rice
  • Long life milk
  • Savoury crackers
  • Long life fruit juice
  • Crisps
  • Squash, small bottle
  • Biscuits
  • Cereals
  • Jam

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 - Note: Sawtry Foodbank is not a part of 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: Mon 13 Sep 2021