Many of us have friends and family to turn to when the going gets tough. But what if your family could no longer help and you had nowhere else to go? Opening the fridge or food cupboard to find that there is nothing to eat and there is no money to go and buy anything is not an experience most people expect to go through. But statistics suggest that many people are only one pay or benefit cheque away from just this situation.
That’s where the Lancing and Sompting Food Bank seeks to help by giving people food when they need it most. The Food Bank was started at Pentecost 2011 with the idea of “giving a little to those who have less”. This is an attempt to take seriously the Apostle Paul’s statement” “Therefore as we have the opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” Therefore, we give to those in genuine need from all faiths and none, and from all backgrounds simply on the basis of need.
With the help of volunteers from the churches Lancing and Sompting Food Bank has been set up to create and make available food bags which contain enough food to feed a family of four for three days. Bags are given to those referred by our partners in the community.
All the churches in Lancing and Sompting are able to refer people to the Foodbank as are our partners including the CAB, Social Services, some Housing Associations, Health Centres and Health Visitors and occasionally CAP (Christians against Poverty)
How the Foodbank works
The project is entirely funded by local people and churches.
Volunteers sort and pack the food into food bags. Each food bag contains enough food for 3 days for a family of up to four.
We work in partnership with agencies like CAB, Family Centres and the Village Action Shop and also receive referrals from Social Services, Health Visitors and doctors, who identify people in crisis and refer them to the Food Bank.
Those in need of help are referred to one of our distribution points to receive a bag.
to download the Food Bank poster.
The main distribution points
New arrangements from September 2017
The Foodbank is open Thursdays between 10am -12.30pm at Lancing Library and at The Big Local Hub Cokeham Road, Sompting from 10am - noon. (The Family Centres in North Road and Boundstone Lane also provide our foodbags but only for people attending their activities.)
Information can be found at the family centres, health visitors or the Lancing Citizens Advice bureau. To find out more, contact Peter Johnston on 07768 131817 or Rev John Woods on 01903 753660. You can also send a message via our