What we do

North Ayrshire Foodbanks opened its doors on the 1st December 2012. By the time of the organisation’s first anniversary—and thanks to a strong partnership with the Trussell Trust—we had helped 3,240 people, including 1,077 children.

To enable us to support so many we draw upon the goodwill of donors and volunteers.

In 2015 we provided over 4,750 food parcels to people in food crises in North Ayrshire and served 3,600 meals to children during holiday periods.

Our aim is simple:

to help people when they are experiencing a food crisis through the provision of a healthy and nutritious food box.

We could not have done any of this without the dedicated support of the community—people like you!

How a food bank works

Food is donated

Schools, churches, businesses and individuals donate non-perishable, in-date food to the foodbank.

All food given out by food banks is donated.

We organise supermarket collections where volunteers give shoppers a food bank shopping list and ask them to buy an extra item or two for local people in crisis. There are also permanent trollies available at some stores.

Food is sorted and stored

Volunteers sort food to check that it’s in date and pack it into boxes ready to be given to people in need.

Frontline care professionals identify people in need

Care professionals such as doctors, health visitors, social workers, CAB and police identify people in crisis and issue them with a food bank voucher.

Clients receive food

Our clients bring their voucher to a foodbank centre where it can be redeemed for three days emergency food. Volunteers meet clients over a cup of tea or a free hot meal and are able to signpost people to agencies able to solve the longer-term problem.