St Joseph’s and The West Berks Foodbank  


How the foodbank works:

Food is donated
All food given out is donated, whether by schools, churches, businesses, individuals, or through supermarket collections. St Joseph’s collection boxes are situated on the right of the front entrance of the church as you enter. From time to time the church bulletin will be updated with current shortages as they arise.
Many thanks for your generous contributions. Our contributions are generally collected every Wednesday.

Food is sorted and stored
At the Greenham Common warehouse, the food is sorted by volunteers according to type and 'best before date'. They also check it is undamaged (and that it can be used in a food parcel) and pack it into boxes and store it, ready for use. The food is then taken to the distribution centres, ready for clients’ collection.

People in need are identified
Care professionals such as doctors, health visitors, social workers, Citizens Advice Bureau staff, welfare officers, the police and probation officers, amongst others, identify people in crisis. In the case of St Joseph’s parish our Society of St Vincent de Paul Group is approved as a referrer. If you, or if you know of anyone or any family who are not receiving support from other agencies, who need short term crisis support please contact Chris Bartlam (tel: 01488 658540 or on or if not available, Mike Colbert or Father Pat. Individuals or families can be provided with a food voucher which allows them to go to the distribution centres where they can be given food supplies for 3 days.

Clients are signposted to further support
At the time of collecting their food parcels, volunteers will meet with the clients over a cup of tea or hot meal and are able to signpost people to agencies who can help resolve the longer-term problem. As foodbanks are an emergency food-provision service, it is important to get clients in touch with organisations who can help them address their underlying problem.

“Thank you for your continued support”

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ Matthew 25:35-36