A letter to a nice lady whose daughter has offered to do a ‘Reverse Advent’ collection for our food bank

Many thanks to you and your daughter. Do have a look at our website,, which tells you a lot about how we operate. We collect the food, which people kindly donate, from our green bins, placed in all the churches in Cobham, Oxshott, Stoke D’Abernon and the Horsleys, and from bins in Waitrose and […]

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A New Record!

For your information, the amount of food donated at the Waitrose Collection on Saturday 20th May was a record……….. 813.60 kg!! This is double the quantity we collected at the last Waitrose event in December 2016 and is slightly higher than the amount collected at the first Foodbank collection at Waitrose in April 2014. Congratulations […]

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Cobham Area Foodbank – Manager’s Report, February 2017

The Foodbank is an independent charity, registered in England and Wales no 1154217, founded in 2013 by Churches Together in Cobham, Oxshott, Stoke D’Abernon and Surrounding Areas.   The Foodbank subscribes to the national network of over 400 food banks co-ordinated and advised by the Trussell Trust, a Christian charity in Salisbury. Trussell has devised, […]

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Foodbanks call for direct DWP hotline

Foodbank call for direct DWP hotline, as new figures show half a million emergency food parcels distributed by Trussell Trust foodbanks in six month   More than 500,000 three day emergency food parcels distributed to people in crisis in first half of the year – over 188,500 to children Issues with benefits account for 44 […]

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National Foodbank Update: Issue 165 – 15 April 2016

1,109,309. That’s the amount of three-day emergency food supplies our network of 424 foodbanks gave out to people in crisis during 2015/16, with 415,866 of those having gone to children. It’s a 2% increase on the figures released this time last year, when we first crossed the one million mark. And it’s happened again. One […]

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6 Unexpected Things Foodbanks Need

Food sorting - pasta and tins boxes large

A visit to the food bank isn’t exactly a traditional Christmas activity, but one UK charity is asking for a little extra help this month, when demand is at its highest and families are choosing between eating and heating.

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Report by the Foodbank Manager for the Period 1st January 2015 to 31st December 2015

This has been a challenging time for Cobham Area Foodbank. Hugh Bryant stood down as general manager at the end of 2014, and Daisy Bates took over until she in turn retired, at the end of August 2015. Hugh Bryant offered to resume duties as manager, and was duly re-elected by the trustees. At the […]

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Why Would a Mum Doing a Business Degree Find Herself Begging on the Streets This Winter?

warehouse volunteers chatting about tinned food

With Christmas approaching, Michele from Brent Foodbank shares how she’s helping to make the festive season special for those struggling. “For the past few days I haven’t been to the street begging for money to buy food for me and my baby…” This was what a mother at Brent Foodbank told us recently. She was […]

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Emergency Budget gets the food poverty test


David McAuley, Chief Executive of The Trussell Trust said: “We have two simple tests for the budget being delivered today.  Firstly, what does it do to reduce the number of people in poverty and hunger?  Secondly, what does it do to ensure the Government is supporting the work of charities and social enterprise in taking […]

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Listening to the lives behind the foodbank statistics

voluteer chatting to client over tea and biscuits

MPs and peers discussed tackling UK poverty. The Trussell Trust, along with dozens of representatives from its UK network of foodbanks, were in parliament yesterday speaking with MPs and Peers about the work they do to combat hunger and poverty. Hosting the event, Chris White MP commended the varied work of the Trussell Trust’s foodbanks, […]

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