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Dorking Food Bank

Food Bank

Dorking Area Foodbank (updated 22 October)

If you are not currently visiting supermarkets to leave donations there, please leave your items in the Food Basket which is now located outside St Paul's Church in the South Porch - collections/transport to the food bank is taking place frequently. 
Thank you.
This week we would like you to focus on: (Click here for a full list of  requested items)
Tinned meat
Tins of fish
Jars of pasta sauce
Hair conditioner
Shower gel

Harvest Update:

Thank you for supporting our local foodbank in previous years with your harvest donations and we would very much welcome your support again this year.  
There's still a demand for a local foodbank
The Dorking foodbank has now been open for over five years and unfortunately there is a still a need for a foodbank in our area.  From the beginning, this has very much been a community project, with local people, churches and schools very generously supporting it.  We have donation points in supermarkets and churches and every week people kindly give food to ensure we can provide emergency food parcels.   These are distributed to local people identified by our Referral Agencies as being unable to put food on the table.  We also provide 'holiday boost bags' and run holiday 'pop ups' to support the growing issue of holiday hunger among local families who really struggle when their children are on school holidays and don't receive their daily free school meal.
What's in a food parcel
The purpose of an emergency food parcel is to enable people to make nutritious meals to sustain them for three days. Our 'shopping list' details the items that we can include in a food parcel.  This is important guidance as although people are so very generous, there are some things that unfortunately we just can't use.  
Can you please ask that only items on our preferred shopping list are donated.  We have prepared the attached flyer and poster for you to use that covers the shopping list items to help communicate this message. 

We respectfully request that all donated items are non-perishable, unopened and in date. Also that they have a Best Before Date of 2021 or beyond.  Unfortunately we cannot accept homemade products.

And thank you!
Your generosity at harvest time is always greatly appreciated and the foodbank is very grateful for your support. 

The Foodbank continues to operate from the Christian Centre, despite the Centre’s closure for most other uses  (see

We have food, so please continue to signpost those who are struggling financially to come down to the Foodbank.  They don’t need to bring a red voucher.  The red voucher system has been suspended.  The Foodbank opening times have been amended.  They are  Tuesdays 4.45pm-5.45pm and Thursdays 2.30pm-3.30pm

‘for I was hungry and you fed me, thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in…….’Matthew 25, 35

We are always looking for people with a little spare time to give to the work of the Foodbank.

If you are interested in volunteering for us please email:                        
Ali Studley at:

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