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Norwich Foodbank is a company incorporated in England and Wales (Co. No. 7051996) with limited liability by guarantee. 

Charity number 1143528 - registered for Gift Aid with HMRC - No XT22368

Registered office address:
Norwich Foodbank
Henderson Business Centre,
51 Ivy Road, Norwich NR5 8BF
Tel: 01603 251733 E-mail:

The name Norwich foodbank is used in all its works.
Patrons Rt Revd Graham James, Bishop of Norwich, Delia Smith CBE and Susan Hill CBE.
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What is the need?

People in Norwich are going hungry today.

You may not have thought it but many people in Greater Norwich are living on the edge of poverty according to government figures.

Norwich Foodbank works to support people who find themselves on the edge of disaster.

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In the Campaign to End Child Poverty report, published in February 2013, Norwich is named as the authority with the highest percentage of children in poverty in the East of England; this report also shows that Norwich is in the top 5% of authorities in the UK for child poverty.  The following wards were identified as having more than 1 in 3 children living in poverty - Mile Cross, Wensum, MancroftBowthorpe, University and Lakenham

When families have no financial safety net, a sudden crisis such as bereavement, benefit delay, redundancy or illness, can leave them unable to feed themselves or their families.  Such situations can quickly deteriorate, leading to relationship breakdown, house repossession or worse.

In the 12 months ended 31st March 2019, Norwich foodbank provided 9,926 local people in crisis with three days’ worth of food via introductions from over 80 local care agencies.  We are only able to give out our emergency foodboxes because of the wonderful continued support we receive from so many different local organisations and individuals.

The statistics showing usage at Norwich foodbank are taken from the system provided by the Trussell Trust which records the number of adults and children given three days' emergency food.  It may include people receiving food on more than one occasion.  Detailed evidence from a number of foodbanks indicates that on average 49% of users only needed one voucher in a year, and that only 15% needed help more than three times a year. On average people needed two foodbank vouchers in a year.

Every user has been referred by a care agency.  Where there is clearly a greater need, we refer people for further assistance from an appropriate source.
Changes in benefits due this year which, together with low incomes, may well have a profound effect on poor families.  We are continuing to develop our Distribution Centres so that we can continue to provide emergency food for local people in future.


Thank you for helping your neighbour in need.


Published: 07/01/2009
Article views: 17706

11,668 food parcels given to local people in the last 12 months 

including 4,231 children,
up to 31st October 2019