Norwich Foodbank distributes emergency food supplies for individuals and families to cover the 72 hour gap which is typically the time needed for care agencies to put support in place. Food aid is only given to those who have been referred via a voucher scheme by front line local care professionals who have assessed them to be in crisis and in need of emergency food. The scheme also provides other essentials such as nappies and baby milk.
People accessing the Foodbank are in a variety of circumstances including financial crisis due to benefits delay, unemployment, debt, sickness, domestic violence or relationship breakdown.
The Foodbank also donates some excess produce to community projects such as breakfast clubs in deprived areas, Salvation Army schemes and domestic violence projects. Food is donated by individuals via collections at supermarkets, schools, churches, businesses, charities and at drop off points around the city.
The Norwich Foodbank received support from both the Lovewell Blake Fund and Comic Relief in 2012. 5,586 people received food parcels in 2012, and around 7,500 in 2013.