In an emergency, please contact
Newmarket COVID community helpline 01638 667 227
FOOD DONATED BY THE COMMUNITY FOR THE COMMUNITY
The Foodbank is part of Newmarket Open Door and redistributes donated foods and household products to those needing support through our Foodbank shop, as well as via other charities and 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 and Burwell. 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 are a member of IFAN, Independent Food Aid Network, whose vision is of a country which doesn’t need emergency food aid and in which good food is accessible to all.
10:30am - 1.30pm
10:30am - 2.30pm
10:30am - 12:30pm
Accessing the Foodbank
How can you access free emergency food?You need to be referred to the Foodbank through one of the referring agencies, such as Citizens Advice, Job Centre, GP Surgery, Social Services, West Sullolk Council or a COVID Community emergency helpline e.g. 01638 667227.
The agency will provide you with a voucher number which you will need to use at the Foodbank session.
Access to the Foodbank shop is by appointment on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, by telephoning (01638) 561711 or the Open Door office on (01638) 600699.
Free School Meal Families
Please contact us on the phone or better still email Foodbank@newmarketopendoor.org.uk if you would like some help to feed your family, it's not easy making ends meet and just any little surprise expense like a new tyre for your car can leave you short for those food essentials. We want to help you and make a little difference, so please get in touch.
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:
FareShare, supermarkets, wholesalers, caterers, churches and schools (especially at Harvest Festival), sponsors, clubs and other charities. We can collect larger quanties of food and groceries.
Our thanks to
Tesco & Waitrose Newmarket for their donations of fresh food through Fairshare
Co-op Store, Newmarket and Burwell
J Sainsbury for groceries from their distribution centres
If you or your organisation or business would like to make a donation, as a one-off or on a regular basis please contact Charles Dore on (01638) 600699 or 07931 864018.
Shop 'n' Share
Tesco Newmarket and Co-op Newmarket have kindly provided collection facilities for customers to shop and share their donated food and toiletries to the foodbank.
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 Foodbank in this country along with one founded in Salisbury about the same time by a legacy left by Betty Trussell.
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.