Turkey time at food bank

Generous Christmas donations
Tables groaned under the piles of Christmas wares for those in need

We have been working hard to ensure that all our families receive their parcel of food this Wednesday along with a generous Christmas hamper and none of this would be possible without the kind generosity of our many supporters and benefactors.  We have received so many beautiful gestures of care and compassion for those who are struggling at this time of year, and thank you all so much for the wonderful gifts of food and the money you have donated.

We received a particularly stunning gesture of generosity from Appledore Turkeys who offered us a quantity of their beautiful free range turkeys! How fabulous is that! We are now able to give a whole fresh turkey to each of our families – literally giving them a Christmas dinner. Thank you so much Appledore Turkeys.

Big and heartfelt thanks

A big and heartfelt thank you to everyone who has supported us during this difficult year, 2020, from Chris, Bob, Ellis, Ash, Mags, Janet, Kathy, Margo, Kitty, Joy, Penny, Tim, Debbie and all our volunteers.  We wish you all a happy joyful Christmas and health and happiness in the new year and beyond.

The numbers of those needing our help has recently grown and may increase even more but with your continued support we are confident we can continue to offer help to those in food poverty.  Supporting your local food bank is the best way you can help your local community in these difficult times.

We will be open as normal each Wednesday except for Wednesday, December 30.  If you need help on Wednesday December 30 please phone us between 1pm and 3pm on 07526 349847.  We will be open each Wednesday as normal from January 6.

Contact details for Rye Food Bank

Phone: 07526 349847 or email: ryefoodbank@gmail.com

We are open at the Baptist Hall, behind the church in Cinque Ports Street in Rye on Wednesdays from 9am for donations and the food bank is open from 1pm until 3pm. The Rye Food Bank phone number is not manned all the time, but you can leave a message and we will respond. Email is better and this is monitored several times during the day and in the evening.

Donations make a big difference

Monetary donations can be sent to the Bexhill Food Bank Rye Branch at Barclays Bank, sort code 20-54-25, account number 83501116, through the Jempson Foundation or cheques to Rye Food Bank c/o 24 North Salts, Rye. If you donate via the Jempson Foundation and are a taxpayer, gift aid can be applied, thereby increasing the value of the donation by 25% at no cost to the donor.

If you need help from Rye Food Bank, contact Rother District Citizens Advice (CAB) on 01424 215055; email: help@rotherdistrictcab.org.uk, or the Hastings Advice &  Representation Centre (HARC) on 0333 344 0681; email: info@harcuk.com.

Image Credits: Mags Ivatts .


  1. Lovely report Mags, thank you. We’d just like to add our heartfelt thanks to all who showed such care for our community by making monetary and food donations, by tireless and selfless volunteer work, and through the generous provision of premises for operations. These things have made working in the Food Bank a joy. Rye is a very, very special town! Happy Christmas to all!

  2. Thank you Bob for the brilliant contribution you have made in streamlining and automating management of the food bank. With the significant increase in demand the food bank has become a totally different operation and your skills have come at exactly the right time. You are both a huge blessing. Thank you, thank you, thank you please don’t get fed up with it we need you to keep going!


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