In a crisis, individuals on a low income with a referral can get assistance from a food bank. Churches across Surrey offer help to families with a local connection, and people can also turn to a charity or the Salvation Army, which is a major provider, for assistance during their time of need.
Based on what has been collected from volunteers, the Surrey foodbank centres may have free canned items or fresh fruits and vegetables. This ranges from tinned meats to soup and tea. Most of the not-for-profits in Surrey also have volunteers and social workers who will signpost a client to other services and programmes to address the cause of their hardship. So families can not only receive free food, but they will find other help for employment, housing, and advice on their bills or debts.
The Caterham area is served by two Trussell Trust affiliated foodbank. This location will provide up to 3 days of groceries or a parcel to families that are eligible for help. It operates from two locations, including Caterham Baptist Church, Beechwood Road, CR3 6NA as well as Sacred Heart Church on Essendene Road CR3 5PA. The food is nutritionally balanced for both children and the elderly too. The volunteers at this church will also now help with addressing a client’s debt.
The Mole Valley are of Surrey is covered by Ashtead St Georges Christian Centre. Food, funds for bills or rent arrears in an emergency, and other aid is provided. The main address is Barnett Wood Lane, KT21 2DA. Call the centre at 01372 813332 for more information.
Church Gate House is an emergency location that partners with the Trussell Trust. The location is only open two days per week, on Monday and Wednesday. The address is Downside Bridge Road, Cobham, Surrey, KT11 3EJ. Applicants need to have a voucher, which they can get from a CAB in Surrey County, doctor, or some type of care worker.
Generation Church Ruxley is a charity that will help people and does not discriminate based on religion, race, or age. The centre is at Lane Ewell, Surrey, KT19 0JG. Call 0208 7868221 for hours.
Cobham Area foodbank referenced above can be called at 01932 450282. Families on a low income, many that have had a cut in their welfare benefits, receive rice, canned fruits, hot fresh meals, soup, and more. When using the site, a volunteer will provide referrals as well to other charities.
All Saints Weston Church is a location for people facing poverty. In an emergency a food package of up to 5 days of items can be provided to a household. The address is Chestnut Avenue, Esher, Surrey, KT10 8JL, call 07805 193744.
Community Centre is for the homeless. Hot soup, meals, and other assistance is provided from the drop in centre at 3 Leapale Lane, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 4LY. Call 07929 037101 for referrals.
Guildford Action Drop in Centre – The charity can provide a meal from the site, or an outreach service will also involve visiting families on a low income in heir homes. Everything from food to clothing and other practical support is available, and find how Guildford Action programmes can help in a crisis.
Liaises with Beesom has vouchers to use to buy food. They partner with Woking Community Action Fund and is located at Provincial House, 26 Commercial Way. GU 21 6EN, telephone 01483 541610.
Pitstop day centre will offer those that drop in a free hot meal. But this is not the only service provided, as they assist people in Mole Valley with benefit applications, provide clothing, and more. For those with the need for a few days worth of food, then a bag of groceries may be provided by the volunteers from Surrey. Read Pitstop low income assistance.
St Vincent de Paul of Surrey can be called at 01276 537616. The charity will have clothes, up to ten days of food, and also vouchers to local grocery stores. The charity also has information on grants and other financial aid.
Foodbanks from regional organisations
The centres below have more than one location in Surrey or nearby counties and cities. If one is not near you, then call for referrals.
Free food is available from St Mark’s Church, which is part of the Christian Network. The network will provide assistance across all of Southeast England in partnership with charities and district council. Not only will they have boxes of food, but they serve hot meals to the homeless and can deliver a meal to the disabled or elderly.
The main office is at Godalming, Surrey, GU7 2LD, call 01932 220242. The centres may also have beds or clothing. There are other Christian network sites as follows.
- St. Bartholomew’s Church, Church Road, Horley, RH6 8AB.
- Merstham St Teresa’s, Weldon Way, Merstham, Surrey RH1 1LF.
- St Mary’s Church, Chart Lane, Reigate RH2 7RN.
Food vouchers from welfare, or the Local Assistance Scheme, is available from the Surrey Council. The government agency can help families with a health or safety crisis, and this includes hunger. Vouchers can be used to buy food, groceries, household goods, or even clothing, and there is assistance for people on a low income and in poverty. Find how to get support from the Local Assistance Scheme in Surrey.
Surrey Salvation Army has a few locations. What the centres may have is free meals, boxes of food, clothing, and free Christmas meals. They have collection points in Surrey in which people can drop off canned or non-perishable items for donations, or drop in at a foodbank.
- Guildford Food Bank & Drop in Centre, 24 Dunsdon Avenue, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7NX.
- Redhill Corps, Lower Bridge Road, Redhill, RH1 1HJ.