There are many ways you can obtain good food for yourself and your family and this page covers how to receive food in a crisis and how to reduce food costs on a day-to-day basis.
Food Banks in BANES.
These can provide food to individuals and families in crisis and struggling to provide food for themselves. Access to the foodbank is by referral only and vouchers can be obtained from various local agencies. Each voucher will provide three days emergency food supplies from one of these foodbank centres:
- Manvers Street Baptist Church, Manvers Street, BA1 1JW. Open Monday – Friday
12 noon – 2pm.
- ROSE Cottage Community Centre, High Street, Twerton BA2 1DB. Open Monday 6pm -7pm, Tuesday & Thursday 9.30am – 10.30am.
- St Barnabas Church, Mount Road, Southdown BA2 1JX. Open Monday 12 noon -2pm.
- Victoria Methodist Church, Key Centre, Charlton Road, BS31 2JA. Open Monday 10.30am – 12 noon
- St Francis Church, Warwick Road, BS31 2PW. Open Thursday 10am –12noon
If you require further information on the Keynsham foodbank please ring 0117 983 7923 or 0745 6778482 or look on the website keynsham.foodbank.org.uk
In Somer Valley:
- St John’s Church, Peasedown St John, BA2 8AA. Open Monday, Wednesday & Friday
12 noon – 2pm.
If you require further information on the Keynsham foodbank please ring 01761 433709 or look on the website somervalley.foodbank.org.uk/
Food distribution schemes in Bath.
- FoodCycle provide three course meals, cooked using donated supermarket food at 7.30pm on Wednesday evenings. Meals are free (although a donation is welcome) and include vegetarian dishes. They are eaten communally, and the church is wheelchair accessible. St Mary’s Catholic Church, Julian Road, Bath BA1 2SF..
- Soup run. Bath churches work together via a rota to provide free soup and sandwiches every night of the year (even Christmas Day) from 7-8pm. Cattle Market Car Park next to the Hilton Hotel on Walcot Street, Bath
- Genesis’s Lunch Box provides a range of hot bacon/ egg sandwiches and full fry ups from 50p and £1 (equivalent to one or two Genesis vouchers) on Mondays and Wednesdays, 12.30pm – 1.30pm. St Michael’s Church Crypt, Broad Street, Bath BA1 5LJ.
- Genesis’s Sunday Centre provides companionship and hot meals for £1 (equivalent to two Genesis vouchers) every Sunday 1pm – 3pm. (Meals served up till 2.30pm). Nexus Methodist Church, Nelson Place, Bath BA1 5DA
- Southside Food Co-operative provides locally grown produce at affordable prices. Orders can be collected every Wednesday from 11.30am – 4pm at 86 High Street, Twerton or they can be delivered for £1. For more details, ring 01225 442813 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
These are the times when local supermarkets say they reduce their produce, when the sell-by date is due to expire:
- Asda, Trowbridge. Some reductions at 5pm, final reductions at 9pm
- Morrison, London Road, Bath. Some reductions at 5pm, final reductions from 7pm
- Sainsburys, Green Park, Bath. Some reductions at 5pm, final reductions at 8pm
- Tesco Express Stores, Bath. Some reductions at 4pm, final reductions at 8pm
- Co-op, Shaftesbury Road, Bath. Some reductions at 5pm, final reductions at 7pm
- Waitrose, The Podium, Bath. Some reductions at 2pm, final reductions at 6pm
- Marks & Spencer’s, Stall Street, Bath. The store makes reductions throughout the day, not at set times
- LIDL, Lower Bristol Road, Bath. They reduce prices 24 hours before their ‘use by’ dates but not at set times. They regularly have special ‘pick of the week’ offers on fresh fruit and vegetables, and they also offer clothes, tools, kitchen equipment, etc. at low prices
Farmers’ Markets provide locally grown fruit and vegetables, usually cheaper than supermarkets, and you can buy the quantity you need rather than a larger pack. There is a farmer’s market every Saturday morning at Green Park in Bath.
The fruit and vegetable stalls in Kingsmead Square, Bath and the pedestrian route next to Marks & Spencer sell fruit and vegetables, usually more cheaply than at supermarkets, and you can buy the quantity you need rather than a larger pack.
Local butchers sell locally sourced meat. You can buy the quantity you need and they often do special money saving offers.