There are several charities that provide low cost or free food to the needy in Northamptonshire as well as Trussell Trust food banks to try for assistance. Each of the organisations will have their own application process. Some will require referrals from social services or other foodbanks will allow a family to self-refer. When eligible, a client will usually be provided with three to five days worth of groceries.
Residents can try a centre in their district, or contact the county council as well. As the government can provide both referrals or a voucher to a food bank as part of the Emergency Help welfare scheme. The assistance from any of these organisations will usually give priority to Northamptonshire families that are in a crisis.
The food, which may be canned goods or fresh items such as fruits or veggies, is often combined with signposting. This is available as the centres want to help the client overcome the hardship that caused them to struggle and fall behind on their bills.
Non-profits in Northamptonshire that have food and practical support
The Daventry Food bank is only for residents in the district. Churches and other charities donate to it. Volunteers also collect donations. The vulnerable can get a bag of food or items for babies too. The churches also provide Christmas meals to the homeless. The two locations are Vineyard Community Church at 23 High March Close, High March Industrial Estate, Daventry, (phone 07576 663968) as well as Daventry Methodist Church, Golding Close, Daventry, NN11 4FB. Call this distribution centre at 07536 590033.
Daylight Centre – There is a food bank on site. The post is Queens Hall, High Street, Wellingborough, Northants, NN8 4HP, phone 01933 446 490. To find more details on their services, get help from Daylight Centre.
East Northants Community Services has a community cafe on site. The address is 60 High Street South in Rushden. That cafe will serve a low cost meal or drink. Additional assistance is from a food supply programme for the low income and those on benefits. There is also clothing and household goods. Ring 01933 353946, or read more East Northants Services.
Northampton Hope Centre – The charity has basic needs. There is groceries from the food bank, clothing, showers, and more for the vulnerable. There are also workshops on cooking and preparing meals. The services are for Northamptonshire families are at the Oasis House, 35-37 Campbell Street, Northampton, NN1 3DS, phone 0845 519 9371. Or anyone that needs more information on food or other aid can learn more on basic needs from the Northampton Centre.
Northampton Jesus Centre is located in Abington Square. The soup kitchen has free tea, hot meals, coffee and sandwiches. Anyone that is just struggling, but still has some income, can buy cheap food from the charity. The Step Up Programme from the centre provides other assistance too, such as housing to the homeless. The phone number is 0845 166 8202, or get more information on Services from Jesus Centre.
Northamptonshire government welfare – The Emergency Help scheme supports families on or eligible to benefits. Food vouchers can be given as well as other household needs. Find more information on Emergency Help from Northamptonshire County and the services provided.
St Jude’s Community Drop In assists the homeless and all the low income. They run both a food bank and soup kitchen. The drop in centre also has showers, laundry, and other services. Address is 5 Judes Court in Kettering and the telephone is 01536 415495. Or read St Judes Community Project food bank.
Northamptonshire churches for emergency food
The 4 locations below are part of the Trussell Trust network. Anyone seeking help will need a voucher from a GP, social worker, or other approved person. The church will only provide enough food to last up to 3 days.
Elim Church food bank is at Gladstone Road, Northampton, NN5 7EG. The site is only open one day per week. Call 07467 074296.
Kettering District is also supported by a Trussell Trust Network food bank. The local church has the centre on site, and volunteers help the vulnerable. The address is 51 Gold St, Kettering, Northants, NN16 8JB.
Rugby foodbank is at New Life Church, 28-42 Railway Terrace, Rugby, CV21 3LJ, phone 07557 680019.
Towcester residents with a voucher can drop in at Youth Coffee House, Bransons Lane, Towcester, NN12 6AX, telephone 01327 354173.