covid-19 update

Storehouse remains very much open and is working hard with its dedicated staff and volunteers to keep serving our local families in crisis. In fact, we have never been more needed! We are practising social distancing according to the Government guidelines.

We can arrange deliveries for those unable to leave home in quarantine.

If you are an individual, part of a community group or local business, please help keep our doors open. Food and financial gifts equally received.

Food donations can be dropped off at our usual Donation Stations (see below) and at the Vineyard Centre, Monday 3-5pm and Friday 10am-12pm.

If you have a request slip and access to transport, please do not attend our Drop-in sessions. Instead please call us before 12pm on a Tues or Fri and we will arrange a collection time for you.

Thank you and God bless!

The Storehouse Team

how does it work?

We give emergency food bags to local families and individuals in crisis through a referral system, partnering with a growing number of agencies in Sudbury and the surrounding areas. They hold our Food Request Slips, which they give to their clients, so that they can visit one of our Drop-ins.

I found kindness, no judgement – just kind, caring people that offered me help in many ways. Thank you so much!

'Susan'

where can I get a request slip?

Currently, we are working with the following organisations. The list is growing all the time.

CAB
Befrienders
Job Centre
Catch 22

Open House
Turning Point
Social Services
Genesis Housing

Mental Health Services
Your local church
Children’s centres
Orwell Housing

Pick up a Food Request Slip from one of these fine organisations and they can refer you to us. You will then be able to pick up an emergency bag on a Tuesday or Friday afternoon between 1-3pm. Simple as that. No strings attached. But with a lot of love.

 Citizen’s Advice Bureau: 01787 321400 (10am-3pm Monday-Thursday)
Sudbury Town Hall: helpline 01787 372331

If you are already engaged with the Job Centre, Social Services or a Housing Association, they will be able to help you with a Voucher. If you are part of Stour Valley Vineyard Church, please contact Pastor Emma Stewart-Darling or our Storehouse Team leader, Vicky Leonard for a Voucher.

where are your donation stations?

We have a number of Donation Stations in and around Sudbury, which are all easily accessible for dropping off food. This includes our partnerships with:

Waitrose, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, East of England Co-ops: Long Melford, Lavenham & Great Cornard.

You can also drop off food at the Vineyard Centre by Ormiston Sudbury Academy on Tudor Road, Sudbury on Monday 3-5pm and Friday 10am-12pm.

Food is collected and carefully counted in our stockroom by a Storehouse Team. It is then dated and put into bags ready for use. Please note, we cannot take any out-of-date or damaged items. We want to give just the best to those who need to see the best of people to restore their self-esteem.

Why not be a part of our growing army of regular food donors that gives regular hope to our community? All it takes is a couple of extra cans when you do your own shopping.

what food do you need?

We currently collect dry-store foods only, as we do not have refrigeration facilities. For an up-to-date list of what we need, see our Facebook page.

who makes storehouse happen?

Storehouse is run by volunteers from Vineyard with help from our friends in the community. We have around 20 volunteers, as well as two part-time salaried staff. Volunteers have key roles and are part of different teams, including Drop-in Welcomers, Drop-in Assessors, Stock Room and Collection Teams. On staff, we have our Storehouse Team Leader and Community Liaison who is responsible for strengthening our referral agency links and building Business Partners. If you would like Vicky to speak at your church, school or organisation, why not drop her an email?

You do not need to be part of Stour Valley Vineyard to volunteer – just sympathetic to our cause and Vineyard values. If you’d like to know more about volunteering, get in touch.

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