Kingswood Food Bank

KETRA food bank provide emergency food and support to people locked in poverty, and campaign for change to end the need for food banks in the UK.

In Kingswood Estate, more people are living in poverty – including children. We support more than 1,200 families in the Kingswood Estate to provide a minimum of three days’ nutritionally-balanced emergency food to people who have been referred in crisis, as well as support to help people resolve the crises they face. Between March 2020, KETRA food bank provided a record food supplies to people in crisis living on Kingswood Estate, about 18% increase on the previous year.

Schools, churches, businesses and individuals donate non-perishable, in-date food to a food bank. Large collections often take place as part of seasonal celebrations such as harvest and Christmas, and food is also collected at supermarkets.

Volunteers sort food to check that it’s in date and store it ready to be given to people who are referred to food banks in crisis. More than 20 people give up their time to volunteer at food banks across the UK.

Volunteers welcome people and offer them further support to help resolve the crisis they face.

As a community we expect no one should be left hungry or destitute – illness, disability, family breakdown or the loss of a job could happen to any of us, and we owe it to each other to make sure sufficient financial support is in place when we need it most.

It’s hard to break free from hunger if there isn’t enough money coming in to cover the rising cost of absolute essentials like food and housing. For too many people staying above water is a daily struggle, which is why KETRA is designed to provide emergency support with food during a crisis.

Our aim is to relieve that immediate pressure by providing food, but also offer additional support so that people don’t need to use the food bank again in the future.

If you wish to donate towards this cause we would be most grateful. Thank you