In an emergency, please contact Portland House.
Telephone: (01638) 600 699
The Foodbank is part of Newmarket Open Door, and redistributes donated foods and household products to disadvantaged people through our Foodbank shop and other charities, voluntary and social welfare organisations.
The charity also operates the Shop ‘n’ Share scheme with donation boxes at Tesco’s in Fordham Road and the Co-op in Elizabeth Avenue. We also have collection points at the Town Council Offices in the High Street and at the Leisure Centre on Exning Road. We recieve regular and one-off donations from retailers, wholesalers and local churches, businesses and organisations, including Sainsbury, Waitrose and Tesco.
We also receive large donations including fresh bread and cakes etc from Tesco.
NEW NEW NEW NEW
as from November 2019 the Tuesday session will be held in Severals Pavilion, Newmarket
This is a drop in session and no appointment is required, just a referal and your voucher
10:30am - 1.30pm
10:30am - 2.30pm
10:30am - 12:30pm
Accessing the Foodbank
How can you access the Foodbank?You need to be referred to the Foodbank through one of the referring agencies, such as Citizens Advice, Job Centre, GP Surgery, Social Services.
The agency will provide you with a voucher which you will need to present at the Foodbank session.
Access is by appointment only on Thursday and Friday, by telephoning (01638) 561711or the Open Door office on (01638) 600699.
Free emergency food parcels are available to referred individuals and families.
What do we stock?
Our stock is variable depending on the donations but can include:
- Tinned soups, meat, fish, beans, fruit and vegetables
- Packet soups, flour, sugar and dried vegetables
- Jars of gherkins, beetroots, olives
- Frozen foods including ready meals
- Fresh fruit, salads and vegetables
- Breakfast cereals
- Biscuits, cereal bars, chocolate, sweets and cakes
- Cooking sauces, tomato sauces, chutney, mayonnaise, salad cream
- Water, lemonade, squash, cola, juices, milk and other soft drinks
- Cat and dog foods, tins, pouches, dried foods and litter
- Soap powder, bleaches, washing up liquid, toilet cleaners, dishwasher tablets and other cleaning products
- Shampoos, conditioners, toothpastes, soaps, shaving gels and other personal hygiene products
- Seasonal items such as Easter Eggs and Christmas Puddings
- Fresh bread, cakes, doughnuts, fruit and vegetables
- And much more!
Why are these products available?
Wholesalers and retailers donate items for a variety of reasons:
- Incorrect or changes to packaging
- Discontinued products
- Insufficient shelf life for distribution through shops
- End of trial runs
- Damage to outer packaging
- Donations from Shop 'n' Share and other public sources
- Passed Best Before End Dates
Please note that all items are dated with the advisory code ‘best before end’ that means that the manufacturer does not guarantee the quality after the end date. We do not handle 'Use By' items except for fresh vegetables.
Our suppliers are:
Manufacturers, processors and producers, wholesalers, caterers, churches and schools (especially at Harvest Festival), sponsors, clubs and other charities. We can collect larger quanties.
Our thanks to
Tesco & Waitrose Newmarket for their donations of fresh food through Fairshare
Co-op Store, Newmarket and Burwell
J Sainsbury for groceries
If you or your organisation or business would like to make a donation, as a one-off or regular basis please contact John Durrant on (01638) 600 699 or (07767) 837 054.
Shop 'n' Share
Tesco Newmarket and Co-op Newmarket have kindly provided collection facilities for customers to shop and share and donate to the foodbank.
Open Door also distributes meal vouchers primarily to the street homeless or for those temporarily without cooking facilities. A voucher is worth £3.50 and redeemable at the Stable Restaurant in the High Street.
How did the Foodbank begin?
Emmaus Cambridge and Jimmy’s Assessment Centre worked in partnership to form the Foodbank as an independent charity in 2001, opening in a small warehouse in Coldhams Road. It was probably the first in this country.
In 2008 the Foodbank moved to Newmarket to co-locate with Open Door and benefit from lower rent and larger premises. The two charities completed a merger in 2009.
Grants have been received in the past from Cambridge City Council, the Tudor Trust, Chivers, Jimmy’s Cambridge, Barclay's Bank, Suffolk County Council, Suffolk Community Foundation and Emmaus Cambridge.
Foodbank Application Form
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Foodbank application form.