News and events

Find all the latest news and events from the foodbank. If you are a member of the press and would like to cover any of our stories please contact us, we'd be happy to work with you.

News and events


This years Scout Community Week has been a success for Scout groups on the Island with a variety of events held to benefit the whole Island Community.

The Scout groups in Newport agreed to continue beyond the traditional week long series of events in June with Community Week Plus. All members of each section, Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers; were asked to provide an item of non-perishable and in-date food. This was collected by each Newport Scout Group - 1st, 6th, 7th and 8th; and was recently delivered to the Foodbank depot at Cowes. The delivery was made by representatives of the groups including Caroline Seaward, Lawrence, James and Nicola Schofield, and Dominic and Toby Batchelor.
The Foodbank were pleased to show the group around the depot to provide a better understanding of the work they do and when weighed the donation reached 125kg.

The Foodbank were delighted that the Newport Scouts had decided to support their charity and explained that the donation would be used to provide support for members of the local community who were in crisis. They thanked each of the young members and the leaders who took part.



A record breaking 2377.07 kg of food was donated by the public at the recent collection at Tesco Extra Ryde.  A big thank you to all those who donated for their generosity.


Sainsburys West Cowes have chosen the IW foodbank as their Charity of the Year! We will be posting regular updates on our Facebook and Twitter pages to let you know how you can be involved.


Next one 13 September (Saturday) 10am to 1pm.  Love Lane, Cowes, PO31 7ET

Future dates;   Oct 11th, Nov 15th Dec tbc.

All in aid of IoW Foodbank.


Wightlink Raiders held two food donation collections for us earlier recently.  IoW Foodbank logos are on the team shirts courtesy of BJH Windows Ltd to help raise our awareness.


Waitrose and its customers for donating £531 throught the Community Matters Scheme.

Sainsburys latest collection saw 1671.50kg of food donated!

Thank you to all of our supporters, always Islanders helping Islanders.


£12,500 each was dontated to IoW Foodbank and Storeroom2010.  A huge thank you to the Co-op Community Support card users.


The Cowes Co-op community support fund has reached the maximum of £25,000 - monies to be shared equally between Storeroom and IoW Foodbank.  

IoW Foodbank intend to purchase a reliable vehicle to service our 7 distribution centres Islandwide.  The cheque presentation was made by Nathaniel Dunkley, store manager on Friday 4th October outside the Cowes Co-op.  Staff and volunteers from both charities were delighted to receive their cheques.  


We were asked to take part in the salvage efforts after this years amazing HMS Bestival festival at Robin Hill. A small team headed down to the site on the Monday to conduct a trial food salvage.  After a safety breifing, they set to work salvaging any unopened tins of food that could be cleaned and put into the Foodbank warehouse.  

We are happy to report that approximately 150 kgs of tins were collected from the manual salvage and food donation points across the festival site.  The food mainly from campers not wishing to carry the items home on their weary backs!

This is an excellent example of joined-up thinking between Bestival and IoW Foodbank.  We can put a plan in place ready so that hopefully, for next years Bestival & other similar events that create waste we can collect a whole lot more to help fellow Islanders in sudden Crisis. 

Thank You Bestival.


The event was hosted by West Wight Sports Centre. Vix chose the IoW Foodbank as a charity of her choice along with the West Wight Sports Centre to benefit from donations for her challenge.  

Vix was amongst 64 swimmers who braved the Solent.  It took her about an hour and a half. A huge acheivement for someone who had not swum properly for years.

Vix said " I had a few swimming lessons at school, 30 years ago acheiveing my 25 metre badge and now I can say that I have swum the Solent!  I had been training in the pool the sea since the begining of the year.  Its not too late to sponsor me, however small to help these two fantastic charitites.




Supporters and volunteers toured with Phil the Trolley across the Island to raise awareness, funds and donations for this vital provision.

Hovertravel gave us a Super Special musical send off with local groupCapo 4 playing us off on our way.  Phil the Supermarket Trolley visited the following locations with a few special stops on the way. High Streets in Ryde, Wootton, Newport, Cowes, East Cowes, Shanklin, Sandown, Ventnor & Freshwater.  Special stops at Tesco Extra, Spar Stores, Isle of Wight RadioChurch On The Roundabout, Isle of Wight County Press, Barclays Bank - Newport Branch,Waitrose,Wightlink, 



Sat 25th May  - 10am to 1pm

Foodbank HQ - Somerton Business Park, Newport Rd, Cowes, PO31 8PB

Pre-loved Clothes and Furniture Sale to raise funds for IoW Foodbank.


Furniture from £5 per item!

Please come along to this regular event to support us. Bring any unwanted textile, clothes or useable furniture.



We were part of the national Trolley Push event covering over 2,300 miles and visiting 50 of our foodbank locations across the UK.  The five week tour begans in Salisbury, the home of Trussell Trust foodbanks and finished here on the Island.

Supporters and volunteers toured with Phil the supermarket Trolley across the Island to raise awareness, funds and donations for this vital provision.

Thank you to all involved.  We are likely to achieve our target of £5,000.

Islanders helping Islanders.


Thank you to every one who donated at TESCO EXTRA, Ryde on 1st and 2nd December you donated a whopping 1.6 tonnes of food!

A big thank you also to the staff, RSA members and foodbank volunteers for thier support too.



Wow! What a fantastic double weekend of collections we had held on 24th/25th November and 1st / 2nd December. Waitrose customers donated a staggering total of 1.4 tonnes of food. Thank you so much to everyone that donated food, the staff at waitrose, their partner volunteers and our very own foodbank volunteers too, fantastic job everone!


A HUGE thank you to the Isle of Wight branch of TESCO EXTRA for donating hundreds of items of school uniform to the Isle of Wight foodbank.

If you are looking for school uniform, them look no further. We have hundreds of trousers, skirts and dresses for sale all priced from £2.50

We are open Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 9am - 12pm if you would like to come and browse! 


A big thank you to everyone who supported us on the day. We raised an amazing £710.49p!!!

We would like to say a special thank you to our volunteers and to Calbourne Classics and Medina Foods for donating delicious cakes for us to sell on the day!

We will be holding another sale in the new year, watch this space for more details...


We will be collecting food at Waitrose, East Cowes this weekend, Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th November foodbank volunteers and Waitrose staff will be in store to receive donations of food throughout the day.

We hope to see you there! 


Isle of Wight foodbank hit the news today with its 'nearly new fashion sale'. This is happening on Saturday 17th November 2012 at foodbank HQ, on Somerton Business Park from 10-2pm.

See our latest Press Release

Please come and support us! We would love to see you there.


We are collecting food at Waitrose, East Cowes this Saturday and Sunday 24th and 25th November 2012. We will be there all day and we hope to see you there!


The Isle of Wight foodbank was overwhelmed by the generosity and support of islanders last Saturday (15.09.12). We are grateful to Tanya Blake (PR Ambassador) Sainsbury’s, for allowing us to hold a supermarket collection with them and for endorsing the work of the Isle of Wight foodbank. Sainsbury’s shoppers were offered shopping lists on entering the store detailing items of non-perishable food used by the foodbank to support local people in crisis and on their way out shoppers left their food donations at our collection point.

We collected a staggering 871.4 kgs of non-perishable food, the largest amount ever donated on a collection day! A big thank you to everyone who supported us on the day.



Come and join us for coffee and cake at our St Andrew's Christian Centre foodbank distribution centre on Thursday 26 July 2012 between 10am and 1pm. 50p for a hot drink and biscuit, hope to see you there!



Up and coming fundraising...Beat the Dawn - Some mad fellows on the Isle of Wight are raising money for the Isle of Wight foodbank by taking part in a challenge that involves running from the Western tip of the Island to the Eastern point. They have between sunset and sunrise on 23rd June 2012 to 'Beat the Dawn' and complete their challenge. Please donate on our PayPal page to support these crazy people!


Click Here to Donate 



THE Isle of Wight Food Bank won the overall top prize at this year's Community Action Awards.

The organisation, which provides emergency food aid for Islanders in crisis, operates from a distribution centre at Somerton and several pick-up points across the Island.

It has one paid worker but is mainly staffed by volunteers.

Maj Gen Martin White, Lord Lieutenant of the IW, presented the award and a cheque for £1,500.

Click here for the Local Press article







Click Here to download the Spring 2012 news letter


Download Our Press Release - January 2012 - Click Here


To download our latest newsletter from September 2011 please click here


We're looking for volunteers to help with the foodbank. Would you be able to spare 4 hours of your time to work in an Isle of Wight foodbank cafe / Distribution Centre? For more information ring the office on 01983 292040.




Foodbanks are opening at an unprecedented rate to meet the high demand for emergency food aid: in 2011 The Trussell Trust has launched a new foodbank every week, launching its 100th UK foodbank this week. We've also launched our first international foodbank in Sofia, Bulgaria. 

61,000 people nationwide have received emergency food handouts from The Trussell Trust's UK foodbanks in the last 12 months, 50% more than last year. Most foodbank recipients are not homeless; they are low-income working families who hit crisis, people who have been made redundant or people experiencing benefits delays. We are excited that more and more churches and communities across the UK are seeing the need on their doorsteps and working with us to launch more foodbanks.


Could your local church launch a foodbank?


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