Foodbank and Community Pop-up Shop

The Foodbank @ Newmarket Open Door

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.

Newmarket Foodbank

The Racing Centre, Fred Archer Way, Newmarket, CB8 8NT

To contact The Foodbank call (01638) 561711 during opening hours or leave a message on the voicemail.

Alternatively, email:

Mon – Closed
Tue – 10:30 am – 2:30 pm
Wed – Closed
Thu – 10:30 am – 2:30 pm
Fri – 10:30 am – 2:30 pm
Sat – Closed
Sun – Closed

Our Foodbank only accepts referrals from the following; 

  • Authorised referrals to our foodbank include;
  • Citizens advice, Social services, Job centre
  • Housing association
  • Police/ Probation service
  • Schools
  • GP / any NHS provider
  • Churches

All referrals must be received via email from one of the authorised agencies. 

We do not accept self referrals.

If you are awaiting a referral from an authorised agency but require help in the interim, you are welcome to visit our Community Pop up shop which is open every Thursday from 10:30-11:30 at the Catholic Church Parish Centre, Exeter road. A jute bag of food costs just £2.

If you are unable to get a referral from one of the authorised agencies, then please contact our main office on 01638 600 699. Please do not contact the foodbank line directly, as this number is used for authorised referrals ONLY. Our team of volunteers will be unable to help any further and you will be re-directed to Portland house main office. 

Our team of volunteers at the Foodbank are very busy and may not be able to respond to all emails. We will however respond to all authorized agency referrals.  

We ask you to please call using the information above in advance to book a slot for your visit.

Community Pop-up Shop


The Community Pop-Up Shop is held every Thursday at 10:30am at the Catholic Church Parish Centre, Exeter Road, Newmarket (next to Waitrose)

No referrals, No qualifying criteria, All welcome!

Products often available

  • Tinned soups, meat, fish, beans, fruit and vegetables
  • Packet soups, flour, sugar and dried vegetables
  • Jars of gherkins, beetroots, olives
  • 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 including baby items
  • Seasonal items such as Easter Eggs and Christmas Puddings
  • Fresh bread, cakes, doughnuts, fruit and vegetables
  • and much more!

Thanks to Our Suppliers!

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. FareShare, supermarkets, wholesalers, caterers, churches and schools (especially at Harvest Festival), sponsors, clubs and other charities.

These wholesalers and retailers donate items for a variety of reasons, of course, the main being to help! Every product is safe for consumption, but may contain past ‘best before end’ dates. Meaning the manufacturer does not guarantee the quality of the product. Other reasons for donations are:

  • 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

If you or your organization or business would like to make a donation, as a one-off or on a regular basis please contact us on (01638) 600699.

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