About our foodbank


South Belfast Foodbank will become its own independent charity on 1st July 2021

In 2014, City Church Belfast, in the South of the city, felt called to respond to the poverty they observed in their locality.

One of the City Church staff, Bruce Gardiner Crehan, had the dream of providing food and signposting support to those in need. City Church Belfast supported this vision and after meeting with other interested local churches, the South Belfast Trussell Trust Foodbank was born.

City Church Belfast seconded Bruce to be the first part-time Manager, and other local church communities provided volunteers to gather, sort and distribute the food, talk to clients, signpost them to further helpful agencies and to form a Steering Board. Seven years later, South Belfast Foodbank has grown from strength to strength to become an important source of support for those in need in South Belfast.

In the year leading up to the pandemic, 6253 individuals received practical help and support by attending one of the 5 weekly sessions, supported by a team of 2 part time staff and 80 volunteers. They were supplied with food regularly donated from 30 South Belfast partner Churches, as well as many businesses and individuals, including the Tesco shoppers who continue to donate every week in store.

Because of Covid 19, a home delivery model has been adopted and since March 2020 approximately 3500 parcels have been delivered to individuals and Agencies.

Much has changed since 2014 and governance requirements and accountability for voluntary organizations are becoming ever more complex. Because of this and the growth of the work of the Foodbank, we now feel that it is the right time for South Belfast Foodbank to evolve as a separate charity and to take full responsibility for itself at every level.

South Belfast Foodbank is incredibly grateful to City Church Belfast for supporting and nurturing the Foodbank from small beginnings to the busy operation it has become, providing food and support to so many in the locality.

South Belfast Foodbank will set up as a Charitable Ltd Company and have at its core the desire to provide emergency food supplies, help and support to those in need, in accordance with our Christian Principles. City Church Belfast will continue to support South Belfast Foodbank with practical and prayerful support alongside the other 30 partner churches.

South Belfast Foodbank is excited to start the next phase of its journey and we hope you will continue to support us with your prayers, time, and donations.

This will not affect our distribution of food but it is important information for all partners, volunteers and donors.

The change in governance of South Belfast Foodbank has specific implications for our Regular donors and those who have agreed to us collecting Gift Aid.  We will be endeavouring to contact all of those affected by mid July 2021 but if you haven’t heard anything from us or have any questions, please contact us by email for further information.

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