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Poole Food Bank+

Our main hub is called Jimmy’s and is located St James’ Church Centre in Poole town centre.  We also have a number of hubs open across Poole:
*Please note that we are unable to provide home deliveries from Poole Food Bank+ or our hubs.

  • Bourne Community Hub, Northmere Road, Poole, BH12 4DY (Wed, 1pm-3pm)
  • Calvary Pentecostal Church, Cromwell Road, Parkstone, BH12 2NS (Wed, 12pm-2pm)
  • Poole Waste Not, Want Not (access from Hill Street, via rear of 70 High Street) (Mon – Fri, 10.30am – 3pm & Sat, 10.30am – 2pm)
  • St Clement’s Church Hall, 55 Kinson Avenue, BH15 3PH (Mon – Fri, 11am – 12.30pm)
  • St Gabriel’s Church Hall, Keysworth Road, Turlin Moor, Poole, BH16 5BH (Tues, 1.30pm – 3pm)

To receive help from the food bank you will need to be referred with a voucher from BCP Council below:

  • BCP Crisis Advice Scheme – 01202 096622

Donating items:

You can stay up to date with our most needed food items on The Bank the Food App – this can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

Food can be donated at the following supermarkets:

  • Asda Poole Superstore, W Quay Road, Poole, BH15 1JQ
  • Co-operative Food, Northmead Drive, Creekmoor, Poole, BH17 7XD
  • Sainsbury’s Local, Orchard Plaza, 39 High Street, Poole, BH15 1EG
  • Tesco Branksome, Poole Road, Poole, BH12 1AU
  • Tesco Fleetsbridge, Waterloo Road, Poole, BH17 7EJ
  • Tesco Tower Park, Yarrow Road, Mannings Heath, Poole, BH12 4NX
  • Waitrose & Partners Parkstone, 311-313 Ashley Road, Poole, BH14 0AP

The Store

For large donations (larger than three carrier bags full) please take these to The Store – please see below to download more information on location and access details.

We need the following items:

  • Pasta Sauce
  • Vegetables
  • Rice pudding
  • UHT milk
  • Biscuits
  • Ready meals
Access to The Store
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Need help?

Poole Food Bank

Tues – Thurs, 9.30am – 12.30pm
Fri, 9.30am – 12pm

01202 672694

Jimmy’s Place, St James’ Church Centre, Church Street, Poole, BH15 1JN

Help and support at Poole Food Bank+

Emergency Food & Food Support

We provide food for as long as you need it, including fresh fruit and vegetables when available. Anyone can access the Food Bank however you need a voucher from the BCP Crisis Advice Scheme (see above) – if you have any difficulties with this, please speak with us. 

We also run a school food voucher support scheme – if you think you need this, please speak with your school pastoral team.

Our Recipe Bags help families cook together and encourage children to try new foods.  These include a recipe for cooking on a budget and all the ingredients needed to make it.

Homeless & Housing Support

Everyone is warmly welcome at Jimmy’s and our hubs across Poole.  We believe everyone should have a place to call home.  We listen to everyone’s story and take time to help. We signpost you for further advice and support where needed, especially to our friends at Shelter and Routes to Roots.

CMA Debt Advice & Budget Support

The CMA (Community Money Advice) team are based onsite and provide free debt advice and budget support. 

We are affiliated to the national Community Money Advice network and authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. 

*Please note that we are unable to take any new referrals until further notice due to being up to capacity in Poole – please see below for alternative debt support.

Alternative debt advice – see Money section

School Holiday Activities & Crafts

We know school holidays can be tough with the extra mouths to feed and finding activities to do. We provide free activity and craft packs to help keep young ones entertained at no extra cost.

Women’s Clothing

We work closely with local social enterprise, Wardrobe Foundation, who provide quality and personalised clothing to women in need of clothing support. 

Bespoke gift bags are created for each individual referred, clothes are selected for each individual’s size, style preference and need.

Signposting & Support

We have good relationships with local organisations such as Citizen’s Advice, Shelter, housing departments and the DWP.  People from these organisations often drop in to our cafe area at Jimmy’s, where you can grab a hot drink and chat with them. 

We will also help you to connect with other advice and support as needed.  Please feel free to speak with one of our team about anything you feel may help.

Other useful links

  • Citizens Advice – 0808 278 7939
  • Routes to Roots –  07901 387643 / 01202 667880 or email: office@routestoroots.org
  • Shelter – 03301 755 121
  • SMILE lone parent families support – see below
  • You can find information on further support with food here on the BCP Access to Food map
BCP Access to Food map
SMILE Lone Parent Families

Poole Food Bank+ FAQs

How do I donate food?2023-07-17T17:14:06+01:00

Registered charity BanktheFood have produced a free App which enables you to receive updates from your local Food Bank. These notifications enable you to know what food items are most needed when shopping in your local supermarket. Simply download the App from Google Play or the Apple Store – for more information see below.

Many local supermarkets have food collection points for the Food Banks.

How can I support the Food Banks?2023-07-18T10:36:50+01:00

Financial donations to the Food Banks are essential as they enable us to purchase food where we are short of items.

Where does the food come from?2023-07-18T10:38:13+01:00

Most of our tinned and packaged food is donated by the public via collection points within local supermarkets.  Alternatively some donors deliver food items directly to the Food Banks.

Fresh fruit and dairy produce (where available) is purchased with money donated by the public or from small grants.

Do Food Banks only provide food parcels?2023-07-18T10:41:45+01:00

Food Banks supported by Faithworks provide more than just food. Depending on location, they can also offer: cooking on a budget workshops, housing and debt advice, support with your budgeting, support with small household items, signposting to local agencies for advice and support and more,

How many times can a person come to the Food Bank?2023-07-18T10:42:21+01:00

We walk alongside you to ensure that you have enough food and other support, in the medium term, until you are back on your feet.

Can anyone just turn up at the Food Bank for food?2023-07-18T10:43:45+01:00

You need to be referred in order to use a Food Bank. This can usually be done by housing providers, social care agencies, local schools, churches and doctors surgeries.

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