Emergency Food, Toiletries & Clothes Bank Space to chat, be safe and much more……

Last year your school  supported the Given Freely Freely Given initiative run by the local churches out of St John's Balby. The donations we received last Harvest from a variety of schools helped sustain our emergency food bank through the busy autumn-winter period. We would be really grateful if you would consider doing the same this year. We are seeing a constant increase in demand and struggle to meet the needs of those who come to us. Below there is a more detail about the work that happens.

Hope to hear from you soon

Revd Alun Price


The Church of England in Balby, Loversall and Wadworth operate a scheme to help those at most need in our society. 

Out of one of our churches, St John the Evangelist in Balby; we operate 

  • an emergency Food and Clothes Bank 
  • a free Cups and Cakes coffee shop on Tuesdays between 10-12. We provide free refreshments, cakes, savouries, crumpets and toast. 
  • Soon, on a Thursday we will be starting “Getting to know you”, an arts based project encompassing a number of groups to help, for example, those with dementia and their careers 
  • We provide help for those who live on the streets or sofa surf or in small bed sits to try to sleep e.g. duvets and sleeping bags 

We try to provide as much support to anyone who needs help as we can. 

Everyone is welcome, there is no need for a referral and we make no charge. Although donation are always welcome



For the coffee shop 

Crumpets, bread, savouries, fruit 

For the Food Bank 

People we help often only have a kettle and no microwave or cooker. So we need food that just requires hot water adding:  e.g Instant porridge, Cup Soups, Mug shots, Instant noodles and Pot noodles (Supermarket own brands are ideal)

For the clothes bank

We take all types and our greatest demand is for adult male clothes 

To help people sleep

Duvets, Sleeping Bags, Blankets

To help people set up in a bed sit

Kettles, toasters, microwaves, pots, pans cutlery. 

To help people stay clean 

Towels, wet wipes and toiletries -  even part used! 


FORTISIP or anything similar - If you take them back to the pharmacy or hospital they throw them away but they are a great help to people with poor nutrition

Where can we bring donations?

To the Vicarage, Vicarage Drive, Wadworth DN11 9AN

At any time and If no one is in please leave in a blue  bin behind the gate to the left hand side of the garage.

To St John the Evangelist, on the corner of Balby Road and Greenfield Lane,  Balby DN4 0PT

Tuesdays between 10-12

Can we donate money?

Yes Please!

We have some envelopes or even a standing order form if you would like to give regularly.

Can I volunteer?

Yes please ring 07946466725 to speak to Jane Price or email

How are you Governed? 

Saint John the Evangelist Church in Balby is part of the Church of England. All churches in the Church of England are considered to be charities by the Charity Commission. We are governed by rules set by the governing system within the Church of England. 

Our local governing body is the Parochial Church Council which is an elected body made up of representatives from the church congregation. 

We bank with the Co-op bank and have a minimum of two unrelated cheque signatories. 

While we are a faith-based organisation we host activities which are open to all and participation is encouraged from all sections of society independent of faith.

As a church we have decided that we would like to make the church building as accessible as possible to external groups and the community


How did you start?

The project started on 17th March 2015 when we opened the free coffee shop. We we now get an average of 35 people attending each week.

The majority of people attending live in shared houses, bedsits, are sofa surfing or sometimes homeless. They often have a drug habit and often mental health issues.

During the last three years we have seen increasing levels of need and as autumn approached in 2016 we found people coming who were more and more hungry. We used our harvest appeal at church to set up an emergency food bank and now at give out on average 19 bags of food each week. In January 2017 we set up a clothes bank to help those with no warm clothes. This has expanded to help many in other situations.


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