Midlothian Food Bank

Thirteen million people live below the poverty line in the UK. Our food bank provides a minimum of 3 days emergency food and support to perople within Midlothian in crisis.

What we do

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  • We collect donated food

    All food given out by foodbanks is donated. Often this is from schools, churches, businesses, individuals, or through supermarket collections. Supermarket collections help foodbanks engage the public. Foodbank volunteers offer shoppers a ‘foodbank shopping list’ and ask them to buy an extra item with their shop. This food is then handed to volunteers waiting beyond the checkout who pack it before it is taken to the foodbank warehouse for further sorting and storage.

  • We sort & store the food

    At the warehouse, volunteers weigh and sort the donated food according to type and 'best before date'. They also check if it is undamaged and suitable for use before packing it into boxes for storage.

  • We collaborate with professionals to identify people in need

    Professionals from statutory and voluntary organisations such as doctors, health visitors, social workers, Citizens Advice Bureau staff, welfare officers, the police and probation officers, identify people in crisis and issue them with a foodbank voucher.

  • We provide clients with emergency food

    Clients bring their voucher to a foodbank centre where it can be exchanged for three days supply of emergency food. The list of foods in each parcel have been designed by dieticians to provide recipients with nutritionally balanced food. Some foodbanks run a delivery service, to get emergency food to clients living in rural areas and those who are unable to get to a foodbank.

  • We direct clients to further support

    Whilst their food is being packed, Foodbank volunteers will sit and chat with clients over a cup of tea or hot meal. This enables them to hear their stories and signpost them to agencies who can offer additional help and begin to resolve any underlying problems.

 

How you can help

There are many ways you can contribute to support our work.

Foodbank Team
Food bank team hard at work
  • Fund raising
  • Volunteering
  • Donating money
  • Donating food
  • Becoming a sponsor or partner through Micro Funding Scheme
Due to unfortunate circumstances, Midlothian foodbank had their van taken from them. This now leaves them without transport to collect food donations from supermarkets, deliver food parcels to  organisations such as the council and citizens advice. Most importantly to deliver food parcels to clients who are unable to collect them. The money raised will go straight towards buying a van to enable the team to continue the work that they do on a daily basis. Could everyone share the link for 'Go Fund Me' page to help spread the word?
https://www.gofundme.com/buy-a-van-for-midlothian-foodbank

For further information on how to make a difference, please click here.

Our office opens at the following hours:

  • Tuesday: 10am - 2pm
  • Thursday: 10am - 2pm
  • Friday: 10am - 2pm

For enquiries please contact Janice Burns (Food Bank Coordinator) on tel: 07789 173276 or email: janiceburns@midlothian.foodbank.org.uk

Address:

Gorebridge Parish church
96 Hunterfield Road
Gorebridge
EH23 4TT



 
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