The Jacob's Well store cupboard is open
most days (closed Wednesday), if we have it and you are in
need then please come along and help yourself. None
of this would be possible without the unending and
diligent work of our staff and volunteers. We don't
ask who you are or where you come from, there is no
referral system and no registry of recipients.
Our Store Cupboard is more than just food, we try to keep a store of other products to hand, if you're in need of something, please just ask a member of staff - we're here to help.
our Store Cupboard?
Everyone and anyone who is in need, no matter who you are, or what your circumstances are - you are welcome.
Do you have to register?
Many food banks work on a
referral system (social services, housing departments
etc...), here at Jacob's Well Care Centre we operate an
open door policy for our Store Cupboard, we do not judge or inquire
about your personal situation, there are no forms to fill
in - our belief is that no one should go hungry - if
we have it and you are in need then come along and help
yourself, it's FREE and it's
What kind of food do we have?
It varies from day to day but we always try to have some basics, for example:
- Pasties & Pies
- Fresh Deli Counter Products
- Meat and Fish
and Dairy Products
What about special occasions?
There may be times when it seems that the whole world is celebrating and no one invited you to the party, we understand that. Last Christmas we gave away over 100 Turkeys to deserving families in Gosport, allowing them to celebrate the festive season with one less worry - to be able to join in despite their circumstances.
Do we accept donations?
Yes! Un-opened packets and tins (in date), vegetables, fruits, just about anything that's in date and un-opened - if you're a whizz in the kitchen then bring along some cakes, a home baked cup cake puts a smile on anyone's face! For more information on how to get involved or to donate click here, or simply drop in for a chat.
Where does the food come from?
There are now many organisations collecting, collating and distributing food. Organisations such as Food Cloud work tirelessly on behalf of many communities. But don't forget the big supermarkets, they too are doing their bit to help alleviate hunger - they no longer throw out their surplus products, they contact organisations such as ourselves, tell us they have surplus, our volunteers then collect it - that's how we are able to offer such a great variety of foods and products to those in need.
Is this unique to the UK?
Sadly no. The world is at war with hunger, there are however some great agencies and NGO's addressing the issue, and it may seem a rather incongruous statement, but, HUNGER IS NOW BIG BUSINESS, and it's a business that we would all like to see shut down. The Global Food Banking Network links many organisations and volunteers, only a brief look at their website shows just how much work they do, and is still to be done to stamp out hunger.