Safer Places of Worship

Food Banks

A food bank is designed to help individuals in crisis by providing free emergency food for three days.

Food is collected from the public and is “banked” in a store. Food vouchers obtained from front line Care Professionals such as Social Services, Health Visitors, Probation Officers and Church Pastoral Workers can be exchanged for emergency food.

Most churches will set up this activity in association with the Trussell Trust which can offer a toolkit, training and support for your food bank initiative.

Before setting up a food bank at you church it is important to consider the following:

  • if you are thinking of setting up a food bank it is important to contact your insurance provider to check that you are covered and whether any restrictions will apply;
  • if you are holding the food bank in the church it is advised to restrict it to one area of the building and prevent access to the main church areas;
  • remove any valuable property from the food bank area;
  • ensure that food is stored out of view from the public;
  • ensure that all non-perishable food is in date;
  • if you do handle perishable food it needs to be within its sell by date and you must adhere to food hygiene standards – see Kitchens & Food.

For more information on the Trussell Trust visit