We work with over 400 partner agencies (statutory & voluntary) such as health visitors, social workers, CAB and CAP. All of whom are best placed to identify people in crisis and issue them with a foodbank voucher.
Foodbank clients bring their voucher to a foodbank centre where it is exchanged for a three day emergency food package, complete with suggested nutritious recipes to help them make best use of the food. At a foodbank centre, clients can meet with our volunteers, relax and enjoy a cup of tea. We can often arrange delivery of food to a client’s home. In more rural areas it is often easiest for our frontline care professionals like health visitors to keep a stock of our Emergency Food Boxes.
The intention of foodbank is that we not only hand out food aid but get alongside the person in crisis, offering our support and listening ear. Some wish to share their worries with us, others may just want to chat casually about the weather. For some, it is the first time they have felt listened to. Our hope is that we can signpost our clients to other organisations who may be able to help them further and ultimately find a long-term solution.
Over the past 15 years, Highland Foodbank has been serving the Highlands. Initially food was distributed either through our Foodbank Centre in Inverness or by supplying our partner agencies with Emergency Food Boxes. In more recent years Foodbanks have been launched in Caithness, Tain, Alness & Invergordon, Dingwall, Nairn and Aviemore.
There are many ways you, your church or local community can get involved with Highland Foodbank whether it’s volunteering your time, supporting us financially or donating non-perishable food items.
If you would like to know more about how you can support us or what Highland Foodbank is doing in your local area please contact us on 01463 717630.
How You Can Help
Without donations from generous members of the public, Highland Foodbank could not function. Your kindness in giving food is much appreciated.
Everyone referred to the Foodbank receives the same food items, but the quantity varies depending on how many people are named on the voucher. There may, for example, be parents and a number of children, or a single person. We try to cater for food allergies and preferences such as vegetarian or vegan diets.
To help donors, we publish a shopping list of items required to make three meals for three days. From time to time, however, some of these items – those listed below – are in short supply. We want to encourage people reading this page to help us by donating only the items on this list, since usually, due to the generosity of other donors we are well-stocked with the other foodstuffs required to make up the food packages. We would also appreciate smaller, rather than larger tins or packets: often people have a long distance to walk and the bags can be heavy if we only have larger items to supply our clients with.
Read testimonies from some folk who have been helped by the Foodbank here.
Every day people in the Highlands are struggling to put food on the table. Reasons range from redundancy to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income. Highland Foodbank, part of the work of Blythswood Care, provides a minimum of three days emergency food and support to local people in crisis. In 2019 Highland Foodbank fed 7724 people from across the Highlands, an 11% increase from 2018.
How Highland Foodbank Works
Highland Foodbank is part of The Trussell Trust’s UK-wide foodbank network. We are passionate about engaging and empowering the local community to support foodbank projects, providing emergency food to thousands of people nationwide every year.
The continuation of the work of Highland Foodbank is totally dependent upon the generosity of the public whether donating non- perishable food items or financially. We could not reach so many local people in crisis without the on-going support and encouragement from churches, individuals and local community groups.
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Highland Foodbank General Enquiries
Tel: 01463 717630 / 07875 332696
Items urgently needed:
Tins of potatoes
Tins of corned beef/ham
Longlife fruit juice
Tins of custard/rice
Tins of tomatoes/veg
Tins of fruit
Tins of mince/stew
Small washing powder