Food Bank donations and help

There are various options for donating or receiving food and drink throughout the District.

How to receive food

If you are facing a crisis situation and you need food and toiletries but can’t afford to buy them, then the first thing you need to do is to phone one of the agencies below.  They will ask you about your situation and then complete a ‘virtual voucher’ for you and email it to the Food Bank.  If food is available, they will deliver your parcel to your home address. Strict social distancing will be observed. 

Some of the agencies to contact in a crisis:
Citizens Advice:  01920 459 944 
One YMCA:  01279 838068 

Follow them on Facebook (@bsfoodbank) to keep up to date with Food Bank notices, updates, urgent requests etc.  

How to donate food

You can donate foods in most local supermarkets after purchasing your weekly shop, there is a box for food donations which is easily accessible. Supermarket collections are one of the main ways that food is donated to help those in crisis. You can also drop off your donations directly to the food bank - but ensure you check their website before you travel as they may have specific drop off times and locations. 

Local food banks and support

Hertford and District food bank

Foodbank have created a specific page for local advice around Hertford. To learn more about the local Hertford and District food bank including donation times and how they work then visit the Hertford and District foodbank website.


They offer a free food pantry at lunchtime in Hertford. Find out more on their website.

Bishop's Stortford food bank
Email: bsfoodbank.coordinator
Telephone: 07432 785976

c/o Bishop's Stortford Methodist Church
      34b South Street
      Bishop's Stortford
      Hertfordshire     CM23 3AZ

Treasurer: Jim Tatchell at or telephone: 07412 941966

Food support nationally 


Children aged 16 and under can get a hot or cold meal for £1 at any time of day in Asda cafés across the UK, 7 days a week, with no minimum adult spend. 


Morrisons are offering a free meal for 1 child under 16 when buying an adult meal with a value of £4.99 or over at in-store cafés.


They are offering a weekly discount over 60s 10% off on Tuesdays.