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Supporting the Community: Nourish Community Foodbank Collection

Supporting the Community: Nourish Community Foodbank Collection Click to enlarge

25 Jan 2017

Following our sellout screening of I, Daniel Blake , Nourish Community Foodbank give us an update on the food collection we raised and the work they do within the local area...

A massive thank you from Nourish Community Foodbank to everyone who donated a tin, or picked up a leaflet or talked to our wonderful volunteers at Trinity’s screening of I, Daniel Blake on Sunday 22 January. In just one evening we received 175kg to help those in crisis in our community.

Sadly, the film showed only too clearly some of the reasons people need the support of a foodbank. Here in Tunbridge Wells and the surrounding area, 3,141 people received a three-day emergency supply of food from Nourish in the last financial year, that’s the equivalent of 28,268 meals. Of these, 43% of people we support are children under the age of 18 years, which isn’t a surprise given that over 17% of children in the area live in poverty, rising to one in four children in certain areas.

As in the film, Nourish operates via referral from a front-line agency and we are currently working with almost 100 partner organisations in Tunbridge Wells and South Tonbridge who assess people in crisis and determine whether they are genuine need of a food bag. In the last financial year, 33% of referrals made were because of changes to benefits - the single most common reason - but there are many others:

  • 13% were due to domestic violence
  • 12% because of debt problems
  • 8% the result of accident/sickness
  • 8% due to low paid work
  • 7% because of unemployment
  • 1% for bereavement.

Our referral numbers are on the increase: last financial year saw a 38% rise in referrals and in the week before Christmas we provided emergency 90 emergency food bags, up 34% on the previous Christmas. For most people, one bag is all they need to help see them over a bad time.

However, we do work slightly differently to the foodbank depicted in I, Daniel Blake . As we cover an area as far afield as Cranbrook and Goudhurst and due to the prohibitive cost of having a centrally located distribution point in town, we are based out on the industrial estate and deliver food bags to those in need. This ensures anonymity for our clients – and is vital for those who are victims of domestic violence who may be unable to leave their safe house or refuge.

As a charity, we couldn’t do this without the support of the community, so thank you so much for your kindness and your care for all the Daniel Blakes in the area. If you want to find out more about what we do, go to If you want to receive copies of our newsletter, want to get involved or would like to attend an open day to find out what we do, please email:


Tunbridge Wells Borough CouncilTrinity Theatre
Church Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1 1JP
Registered Charity Number 1054547
Registered Company Number 3179063