About Dover Foodbank

making a difference in Dover

Christians Together in Dover set up Dover Foodbank under the guidance of the Trussell Trust to support the local community by providing emergency food to those in crisis.

Our Vision

Our vision is for people of all backgrounds within Dover to be included and have the opportunity to live life to the full with hope for the future.

Our Mission

Dover Foodbank work with people of all faiths and none; our mission is to develop, run and enable people within the local community in Dover, to combat poverty and exclusion. We will supply food, help and signpost people to other local organisations to get the best help for their circumstances.

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  • Dover foodbank as an idea

    The idea for setting up a Foodbank in Dover was discussed and a group came together to look into it.

  • Dover Foodbank was officially opened

    After about 10 months the plan was ready, we built up 3 tonnes of stock, organised agreements with local referral agents, enrolled some volunteers and by 1st October 2013 Dover Foodbank was officially opened.

  • Increasing Demand

    We were gradually getting busier and everything was well managed, that was until Universal Credit was fully upon us, in 2016-18 there was a 50% increase in people needing to use the Foodbank.

  • Covid Struck

    The whole routine had to change, more people needed help. We had to close the distribution centres, and deliver everything by car or van. Demand was still increasing.

  • The Operation Grows

    In 2021/ 22 we employed 3 people to run the operation, and moved back to the distribution centres, with a couple of deliveries a week where or when needed.

  • New Shop front

    With the cost of living increases and yet more people requiring the use of the Foodbank, we realised that the current plan was not good enough to and looked for a premises in the town that was easily accessible and could be open 4 days a week, and for 4 hours on each of those days. We found that place Unit 7, The Charlton Centre, we officially opened the store on 5th September 2023.