How and why we started

In 2012, a group of community, church and statutory agencies arranged an open meeting to look at the issues relating to the increase in food poverty within the district of Bassetlaw. It was agreed that it was becoming evident on a national scale that more people were having to rely on food banks to prevent hunger in the UK.  It soon became apparent that there was a need to provide this support more locally as existing avenues of support just could not meet the demand.

Bassetlaw Food Bank is a non-profit, charitable organisation which distributes food parcels to people who are suffering genuine hardship and poverty in Bassetlaw. It is a local independent food bank, which is able to support the local community, because it is supported in return.

It provides emergency support to those who have received an approved referral from a recognised, front line professional organisation that is able to support or signpost clients to other support agencies to help them resolve their crisis.

We do not receive any formal funding, rely completely on grant applications, donations from organisations, churches, the general public and fundraising to be able to provide support to the local people of Worksop, Retford and surrounding villages

One of the biggest misconceptions about food banks in general is that they are reserved ONLY for those with chaotic lifestyles. This is untrue.  Many of the clients using the service are just ordinary people who have hit hard times.

There is no specific ‘profile’ of how a person looks or where they live, who is likely to visit a food bank for support. However, through the regular evaluation of our data, we know that many families in Bassetlaw and surrounding areas are struggling to make ends meet.

April 2017 marked another significant milestone for the Bassetlaw Food Bank as we ‘celebrated’ our 4th year in ‘business’, having opened the doors of our first food distribution unit in Worksop back in April 2013. We also now have another distribution unit in the centre of Retford, four satellite stations, one in Harworth, Misterton, Carlton-in-Lindrick and St. Augustine’s School, Worksop. There are also two out of hour’s collection points at the BCVS, Worksop and The Well, Retford.