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rsz_dscf2909 (1)Wider Impact is delighted to be commissioned to independently evaluate the Big Lottery funded Stoke on Trent Foodbank Project (

Project Manager Anna Wilcox (pictured centre) says, ‘The Stoke on Trent Foodbank is part of The Trussell Trust’s UK-wide foodbank network. This helps local churches and communities to open foodbanks, providing emergency food to thousands of people nationwide every year‘.

Wider Impact Director Edwin Lewis (pictured) says, ‘Whilst it is still early days, it is already clear that the Project is supporting by some amazing people and is certainly supporting people in crisis in Stoke on Trent.

We are looking forward to understanding ‘what is working’ and delivering our final report, which will be presented to the Big Lottery next year.

I ask anyone who feels they can contribute to our research to contact me and share their views and information‘.


7 Responses so far.

  1. ASHA promotes the social inclusion of asylum seekers and refugees in Stoke-on-Trent.

    A significant number of asylum seekers are destitute because their applications have been unsuccessful and they are not allowed to work or claim benefit nor are they deported for humanitarian reasons. These are ASHA’s first priority. ASHA collects donated food and gives out around 250 food parcels a month.

    When in a position to do so Stoke Food Bank occasionally gives us surplus food and, more importantly, allows us to give a Food Bank Voucher in an emergency. These are few but might be given for someone who is,for example,diabetic or a new mother.

    ASHA is very grateful for the support of Stoke Food Bank and two other Staffordshire Food Banks who also donate when they have a surplus.

    Our clients are not accustomed to baked beans and a New Year project is to learn how to cook a wholesome ‘baked bean’ curry!

  2. Sue Rammell says:

    As a home school link worker at a Stoke on Trent primary school I find the foodbank an invaluable resource for our most vulnerable families. Without this service many of our families would have to survive on a very limited amount of food.

  3. Suzanne Barnett says:

    My colleagues and I (from Adult social care) would agree that the foodbank branch in Stoke-on-Trent is an invaluable resource for many vulnerable people in the City. We use foodbank mainly in a crisis situation and appreciate the service delivered. The staff and volunteers are fantastic. Without this service many people would struggle in food poverty.

  4. Christine Morgan says:

    We have found the access to the food bank invaluable when working with older and financially vulnerable clients. Feedback from clients has been 100% positive about the way they have been made to feel welcome and comfortable when they have attended and the contents of the food parcels.

  5. Jeff Short says:

    I oversee the work of the Methodist Church in South Stoke. We distribute from Temple Street and West End Churches. At Longton Central Hall we serve free basic breakfasts twice a week and link up with Foodbank for our clients. In each of these locations we encounter genuine hardship and need against a background of general poverty across the city. Foodbank is essential for the most economically vulnerable and those temporarily facing hardship. We would value more distribution points locally and easier access to vouchers but recognise the difficulties organisers face. We are thankful for the work Foodbank does in our area

  6. jackie shaw says:

    The Housing Solutions team find that the Stoke-on-Trent foodbank is an invaluable resource for many vulnerable people in the city. It is used to help customers who have found themselves Homeless, who have been placed in temporary accommodation and have no money or access to food. A vital service.

  7. Gill Butler says:

    Saltbox, Restart find Stoke on Trent Foodbank a vital service that supports our clients during difficult times. Many of our clients join our service and find themselves with no money, awaiting for benefits to be sorted. Foodbank helps clients -offering not only a food parcel but a warm and friendly welcome.
    So a big thank you for the great work you do!

Wider Impact Consultancy, Edwin Lewis