What is Calne FOODBANK? Calne Food Bank was set up by the Calne Partnership of Churches. It is intended to provide food for individuals or families in crisis, who are temporarily without food or the means to get any.
If you need to use the Food bank If you need help from the Food Bank please contact someone from an agency who is helping you, such as a health visitor, community nurse, housing support worker, or family centre. If no one is helping you at present contact the Citizens’ Advice Bureau in Calne Library which is an excellent source of help with practical and financial problems.
How it works The Food Bank does not make decisions about who should receive bags. All food bags are given out by agency workers. This is so that recipients are also receiving help with whatever problem has led to their situation. It also ensures that food can be given out quickly when needed. Once a bag has been given out the agency rings a central point for replacement. If you are an agency worker operating in Calne who thinks you should have access to the Food bank please email email@example.com
How to donate to the Food Bank If you wish to donate food there are collection points at Calne Town Hall Office at Bank House, Mon – Thurs 9.00 -5.00, Fri9.00 – 4.30 or at the Calne Heritage Centre Wed- Sat10.00 – 4.00, Sun 2.00 – 4.00 and at the Co op in the labelled bin near the exit.
What goes into the bags? The food does not go immediately from donor to recipient, so no fresh food such as fruit or butter. For the same reason long date non-perishable items are the best. The bags aim to provide as nutritious food as possible to last the recipients three days. Foods provided (and to donate) items for the Food Bank: Breakfast cereal or porridge oats Tinned or packet soup Tinned meat – corned beef etc. or stews and mince Tinned fish Tinned potatoes or instant mash Tinned vegetables Tinned tomatoes Baked Beans Pasta or rice Tomato based pasta sauce Tinned fruit Tinned puddings Biscuits Snack bars Tea bags Instant coffee Long life milk Sugar Long life fruit juice
The bags are meant to provide food for three days. By donating sensible size items, eg pack of 80 tea bags or a small jar of coffee more of the essential items can be included the bags The need for Food Banks is growing in the UK.