Our foodbank works using a voucher referral system.
We know that anyone can find themselves at crisis point for a number of different reasons.
Our foodbank works with a number of different community groups and agencies in order to provide the most appropriate help for the circumstances of your situation, and some of these are listed below. Please do not call the foodbank directly or call-in hoping to get a voucher, our processes require that we send you to one of our referral groups in order to receive a voucher. The Foodbank does not issue vouchers.
If you feel that you need to access the foodbank then you should contact one of these referral organisations and arrange a visit to see them and to explain your situation. If they feel you are struggling to put food on the table, they will issue you with a foodbank voucher. The local agency can also provide long term support if needed to help address some of the issues behind the reasons for your crisis.
When you visit a referral agency they will take some basic details from you to verify your situation before they complete the voucher. This will help them to identify the cause of your crisis and offer practical guidance. It also means we are able to prepare suitable emergency food for the right number of people. You should take any supporting documents and evidence of your situation with you when you visit the referral organisation.
Once you have been issued with a voucher, you can exchange this for a minimum of three days of emergency food at your nearest foodbank centre. You cannot attend the foodbank more than once a week, and the number of times you can use it over a period of time is limited.
Please note: There is no automatic entitlement to a foodbank voucher, we will help you where we can if you are eligible, however our food is donated for the specific purpose of helping people in crisis and as such your situation will be subject to verification of need and the decision of the referral agency is final. We are able to track multiple-agency applications. Your understanding is appreciated.
If you are a referral agency and would like to become a registered voucher holder for our foodbank, please contact us to find out more.
|Some of the Middleton Central Foodbank Community Referral Organisations|