Demand for help grows

Bob and Gill ready for customers
A typical food parcel for two people

During lockdown Rye Food Bank made big changes to the way it worked to ensure people could get support safely. This meant opening on Tuesdays as well as Wednesdays, doing deliveries and making sure social distancing could be followed in our stores and in the Baptist church hall in Cinque Ports Street.

Now that lockdown has eased, the food bank is no longer opening on Tuesdays or doing deliveries.  We are open on Wednesdays only and clients must visit the Baptist hall to collect food. Anyone who is unable to visit the Baptist hall should let us know and we can arrange delivery with Rye Mutual Aid.

At the end of August we saw a slight rise in demand after a drop from the very high figures of April, May and June.

Figures for August:

Week Adults Children Total
5th 52 33 85
12th 48 31 79
18th 52 48 100
26th 71 49 120
Total 223 161 384

A massive thank you to everyone who supports the food bank and for the many generous donations we have received during this difficult time.

This week we need more tinned potatoes, sugar, meat products, vegetables and everything else except pasta as our stocks of pasta are quite good.

Please keep your donations coming. Despite the fall in numbers of people seeking help it still costs approximately £1,000 per week to run Rye Food Bank.

Supporting the food bank is one of the most important ways you can help those less fortunate who live in your community.

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.

You can contact Rye Food Bank at  If you need help from Rye Foodbank contact Rother District CAB on 0800 02904 3948, email:, or the Hastings Advice & Representation Centre (HARC) on 0333 344 0681, email:

Image Credits: Mags Ivatts .


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