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Food Bank

Unity Methodist Church at its Wesley@UMC site (formerly Sandbach Methodist Church), in conjunction with Churches Together in Sandbach, operates a Food Bank. For full details, visit the church website ( and also see the poster below.

The food bank continues to provide emergency food parcels for families and individuals in need. Although we are not as busy as other food banks mostly in larger towns and cities we have seen an increase in demand from 2 requests per week to almost 3 per week on average.

Last year we were one of the Co-op’s local community charities and in October received a cheque for £6,918. This will mean we are financially secure for the next few years and can continue to buy the fresh items we put with the tins and packets when making up a parcel.

We don’t deal directly with the people who are our customers, they are referred to us by an agency that has the specialist knowledge and skills to determine whether the need is there and can also provide other support relevant to the individual’s circumstances. If you are aware of anyone in need of a food parcel, or if someone approaches you about getting a food parcel they should be referred on to one of these agencies. A full list of agencies that we deal with is available on the food bank table in the Wesley Centre, but a few of the main ones are listed here for your information: The Families Centre; The Children’s Centre; Plus Dane; Cheshire East social services; Cheshire East (Benefits) Emergencies team; Cheshire East CAB; Making Space; and Arch.

Thank you for your continued support of the food bank.

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