Food Share at Dorchester Community Church

Dorchester Community Church aims to help meet the needs of local people.  Our FOOD SHARE Project has been running for just over 3 years and usually distributes up to 32 parcels a week in the DT1 and DT2 postcode areas.  A typical food parcel includes bread, bakery items, eggs. fresh fruit and vegetables and these are mostly donated by local supermarkets (currently Co-op, Tesco & Waitrose) and the “Fresh Food Bank”. We aim to support each family or household referred to us for up to 3 months; our referrals come from key workers, health care professionals and registered charities working with families and those in need.

The current unprecedented situation, following the spread of the coronavirus, has brought us both challenges and opportunities.  We saw a huge increase in referrals and during “lock down” were delivering in excess of 100 food parcels a week.  This is now reduced to around 65 parcels a week and we are temporarily supplementing our deliveries with some “store cupboard” items and purchasing additional eggs, fresh fruit and vegetables to add to the nutritional value of the parcels.  We are extremely grateful to everyone who has supported us in any way – special thanks to those who have donated food or made a financial gift; this has enabled us to meet the increased need we are seeing since the spring.

A number of local residents have asked how they can help Food Share and if it is possible to make a donation; in response, we have included some details below.  We wish to thank anyone contributing to Food Share most sincerely; any donations we receive are used towards items for the increased number of food parcels we are currently distributing.  Together, we CAN make a difference!

Donations can be made by:

Cheque: Please make this payable to Dorchester Community Church; write “For Food Share” on the back and post to Dorchester Community Church, Liscombe Street, Poundbury, DT1 3DF.

On-Line Banking: The details you will need for the payment are:

Bank: CAF Bank Ltd
Account Name: Dorchester Community Church
Sort Code: 40-52-40
Account Number: 00017025

Please quote the reference: Food Share

Card Payments: Please see the donate section in the side menu –>

 

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So what is “Food Share” exactly?

At Dorchester Community Church we accept donations of fresh groceries from local Supermarkets and turn them into food parcels. We deliver these to local families and households that would benefit from such a delivery.

Who can apply for a “Food Share” Parcel?

Anyone living in the Dorchester area experiencing financial hardship can apply for a Food Share Parcel. We are particularly keen to assist families finding it difficult to provide food for their children.

How do I apply for a “Food Share” Parcel?

We accept referrals from local community groups and agencies. Alternatively, please complete and return the application form that can be found in the side menu or contact us on 01305 267171.

How often and for how long will I receive “Food Share” Parcels?

We will aim to deliver a regular parcel for up to 3 months, deliveries can be weekly or fortnightly.

I no longer need/wish to receive my “Food Share” Parcel. How can I cancel it?

Simply telephone us on 01305 267171 or send an e-mail to:   – We will not make any further deliveries to your home and will delete all your contact details from our records.

Who donates the groceries and what will be in my “Food Share” parcel?

We currently receive donations from Coop, Tesco and Waitrose Supermarkets. A typical parcel will contain bread, bakery, eggs, fresh fruit and vegetables. We occasionally receive other items, for example, tins, pasta and cereal.

I need help completing my application form, what do I do?

Contact us on 01305 267171 and we will help you to complete it.

What we are about:

Dorchester Community Church is committed to “Celebrating and Sharing the love of God.” So, this opportunity is a practical expression of this.

We want to make a difference in our Local Community

We are pleased to be able to work with FareShare to help reduce food waste by distributing fresh food to local people – food that would otherwise have been thrown away.

To Apply for Food Share, please download the form below

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Food Share Leaflet - Application Form 225.66 KB downloads

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Donate financially to support the Food Share project

You can use a debit card or credit card securely by using the dontate button below. Thank you for making a difference locally!

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