The demand for food banks continues.

Trussell Trust

In the South West the Trussell Trust food banks served 106,292 people with emergency food. (over 1,000,000 nationwide).

And the demand grows!

Gillingham Foodbank

We had donated, from you lovely people, 19,353kgs of food. That's an increase of 2.15% over last year and we distributed 18,762kgs, an increase of 4.97%. The number of people helped rose to 1549 (1033 adults / 516 children).

Donations come from many places, individuals, local businesses and churches and are distributed not only by ourselves but also from 25 different statutory agencies, 17 charities and 10 churches. They help to identify those in need but we are always there to catch anyone who has slipped through the net.

The top 4 crises leading to Foodbank use in our area are: Low income, Benefits delays, Benefits changes and Debt. Things such as sickness and relationship breakdown can lead to any of these.

Despite the economic recovery the number of people turning to foodbanks continues to grow. What we must make sure of, is that we are there to help. You make that possible.

A Big Thank You

To You who generously donate at the foodbank collection points.

To the supermarkets for their continued support. Asda, Co-Operative, Dike & Son, Morrisons, Tesco and Waitrose.

To South West Packaging who donate the boxes into which we pack the food.

To the congregations of the local churches and the local businesses who have helped in many ways. This year Farnfield solicitors have generously adopted us as their charity. Are there any more businesses out there who would also like to join in.

During November 2015 the members of East and West Stour Women's Institute delivered their contributions to the Foodbank... Read more

Farnfields Solicitors have presented Gillingham Foodbank with a cheque for £1,100 that was raised in its summer... Read more

On the 2nd to 4th July 2015 the Neighbourhood Food Collection was held at Tesco, Shaftesbury. We collected 438kgs of... Read more


You can find us at:
The Old Library
6 Station Road
Tel: 07895 148094


We are open as follows:

Mon 10.00am - 12.00 noon

Thu 10.00am - 12.00 noon


Donate food

We rely on food donations to feed local people in crisis.  From jars of jam to tins of tomatoes please give what you can. Could you donate in-date non-perishable food from our shopping list?

You can donate food by putting it in special bins at the following local shops:

  • ASDA Gillingham
  • Co-op Shaftesbury, Sturminster Newton and Wincanton
  • Co-operative Funeralcare Gillingham
  • Dikes of Stalbridge
  • Morrisons Wincanton
  • Tesco Shaftesbury
  • Waitrose Gillingham
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UK foodbanks

The Trussell Trust foodbank network works in partnership with local churches and organisations to bring foodbanks to communities across the UK. There are now over 275 foodbanks in the network. Find out about our national network here



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Charitable trusts and business supporters help make what we do possible. To see who our national and local sponsors are read more. To become a sponsor of Gillingham foodbank then please contact us.