Does Walton and Hersham Foodbank Also Help Oatlands & Weybridge Residents?
The Walton & Hersham foodbank covers all of Walton, Hersham, and some of Weybridge but there are no defined borders as we will help anyone who needs it regardless of where they live. Runnymede foodbank have started a two hour session in St James Church once per week but we look after Weybridge clients the rest of the time and have close links with lots of businesses, schools and churches in Weybridge.
Walton & Hersham Foodbank Manager
Recent News: Food Drive
Photos above: “Reflecting on our week which was finished off so brilliantly with a food drive held by St Johns church in Walton. The whole community came together to donate a fantastic amount of food (as yet unweighed).
Thanks so much!”
10th April 2020
Emergency Food For People In Crisis
DUE TO ISOLATION AND ECONOMIC PROBLEMS CAUSED BY COVID-19, THE NEED IS GREATER THAN EVER BEFORE.
How a foodbank works:
- Food is donated
- Food is sorted and stored
- Frontline professionals identify people in need
- Clients receive food
- Clients are signposted to further support
Your gifts of time, funds or food can help stop local people going hungry. We could not do it without you.
- Donate money
- One-off gifts
- Give food
- Become a sponsor or partner
We want to make sure that no one in our local community has to go hungry, but we need your help to make this happen. Your gift of financial support, time, business partnership and food can make a real difference.
Fundraising For The Foodbank
Many people who wish to donate can not now leave their homes or visit our food donation points, so please use our Virgin Money Giving page to make donations.
We will use the money to purchase vital food supplies for people in need.
Donate Here: Official Online Foodbank Donations
Payment By Cheque
If you are unable to make an online payment but wish to make a one-off donation, please send cheques to:
Walton and Hersham foodbank
74 Hersham Road
Walton on Thames
Surrey KT12 5NU
and made payable to ‘Walton and Hersham Foodbank’.
Giving by standing order helps us to plan ahead, making sure that we are always here to help people in crisis.
Download a standing order form and gift aid form from the foodbank website:
Donating Food For Walton & Hersham Foodbank
DURING THE CORONA VIRUS CRISIS DETAILS MAY CHANGE AT SHORT NOTICE
The Walton & Hersham Foodbank relies entirely on food that is donated by the public.
We supply our clients with a variety of food products, all non-perishable, to cover all meal times.
We regularly experience shortages of some types of food products therefore if planning to donate food, please check the shopping list on our website for the items we are short of.
Please no alcohol, opened food or food items that are out of date as we only issue in-date food.
FOOD CAN NORMALLY BE DONATED AT THE FOLLOWING COLLECTION POINTS, ALTHOUGH DUE TO CORONA VIRUS SOME MAY BE CLOSED
PLEASE CHECK THE WEBSITE FOR THE CURRENT STATUS
Hersham Foodbank Donation Point
Faulkners Road, Hersham, Surrey KT12 5JB
Usually open Wednesdays 10-12pm.
Waitrose Hersham, Surrey KT12 4HL
Our collection point is at the front of the store.
Walton on Thames, Surrey KT12 1AD
Our collection point is at the front of the store, near Starbucks.
Walton James Neave Estate Agents
38 High Street, Walton KT12 1DE
They usually have a collection box in the front of their office.
Volunteering To Help Walton & Hersham Foodbank
COVID-19 HAS RAISED THE NEED FOR VOLUNTEERS, CAN YOU HELP?
There are many ways to get involved as a volunteer – you could help us with food sorting and packing, fundraising or promoting the foodbank to the local community.
If you have some time to give and are willing to help, please get in touch.
How To Get Help
DURING THE CORONA VIRUS CRISIS WE ARE TEMPORARILY CHANGING THE WAY WE DISTRIBUTE FOOD AND ARE CLOSING OUR CENTRES.
Please contact your referral agency to make alternative arrangements to receive a food parcel.
THE MOST IMPORTANT STEP IS TO GET A FOODBANK VOUCHER.
In order to provide the most appropriate help for the circumstances of your situation we work with local agencies. If they feel you are struggling to put food on the table, they will issue you with a foodbank voucher. The local agency can also provide long term support if needed to help address some of the issues behind the reasons for your crisis. Agencies we work with include: Citizens Advice, housing support officers, children’s centres, health visitors, social services and some local charities.
1. Get In Touch With Us.
If you call or email our foodbank we can talk through your situation and put you in touch with a relevant local agency.
2. Arrange A Visit To The Referral Agency.
They will discuss your situation and supply you with a foodbank voucher where appropriate.
3. Bring Your Foodbank Voucher To Your Nearest Foodbank Centre (But Check Not Closed Due To Covid-19).
You can find a list of our local centres and opening times here.
It is very helpful if you can bring some shopping bags with you to take the food home in.
When you arrive, we’ll welcome you with a warm drink and our trained volunteers will chat with you about your situation. We’ll also discuss any dietary needs you may have and exchange your foodbank voucher for a parcel of three days of emergency food. We’ll also help to support you in any other ways that we can. Most of our foodbank centres offer a cafe style environment and our aim is to provide non-judgemental support at the point of crisis.
How A Foodbank Works - Sourcing & Storing Food
FOOD IS DONATED
All food given out is donated, whether by schools, churches, businesses, individuals, or through supermarket collections.
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.
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.
How A Foodbank Works - Helping Clients
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.
Some foodbanks also run a delivery service, which takes emergency foodboxes to clients living in rural areas and those who cannot get to a foodbank.
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.
What's In A Food Parcel?
Our foodbank provides three days of nutritionally balanced, non-perishable food.
The Trussell Trust has worked with nutritionists to ensure food parcels contains sufficient nutrition for at least three days worth of healthy, balanced meals for individuals and families.
A TYPICAL FOOD PARCEL INCLUDES:
- Breakfast cereals
- Long life milk
- Pasta sauce
- Tinned beans
- Tinned meat
- Tinned vegetables
- Tinned fruit
- Long life fruit juice
- Tea or coffee
We also offer ‘extras’ such as toiletries, cleaning products, pet food and feminine hygiene products.
Our foodbank can usually adapt your food parcel to meet your dietary needs, for example, gluten free, halal or vegetarian.
When you arrive at the foodbank centre, a volunteer will chat to you about an special dietary requirements you may have.
Become A Sponsor Or Partner
IF YOU ARE A LOCAL BUSINESS THAT SHARES OUR BELIEF THAT NO-ONE SHOULD GO HUNGRY IN OUR LOCAL AREA, WE’D LOVE YOU TO HEAR FROM YOU.
There are many ways to get involved, from volunteering as a team building activity to sharing your expertise.
To find out more about getting involved please contact us.
Contact Walton and Hersham Foodbank
Registered Charity Number 1131361 | Registered in England & Wales