About the foodbank


Our aims
  • To eradicate food poverty in Luton
  • To support people so that they can take steps to overcome the problems that brought them to us

Our principles
  • Luton Foodbank is run entirely for the benefit of people in and around Luton who need emergency food
  • We make no profit
  • We are not be aligned to any faith group
  • We are non-judgemental
Our status
  • Luton Foodbank is exempt from registration with the Charity Commission because it is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Luton Foodbank is a registered society  (Number 031847R) under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014. This means that it operates to benefit the community, and prohibits any distribution of assets or profits to members. If you'd like to read about Luton Foodbank's inception, and the decision to register in this way, click here.

  • Luton Food Bank is a charity, approved by HMRC from 11th February 2014. (Number EW24901)

  • Luton Foodbank Ltd is registered at Companies House. (Number IP03187)

 

We provide
  • free, nutritionally balanced, and culturally appropriate food to people in hardship or distress who are referred by a network of partner agencies
  • signposting information to local advice and information services
We promote
  • healthy eating
  • local opportunities for food growing
  • the development of a community food purchasing scheme
  • co-operative working
  • social cohesion
  • the principles of Fair Trade
How it works
  • Non-perishable food is donated at collection points across the town
  • Volunteers take the food to our warehouse and sort it into boxes which provide enough for one person for up to three days
  • People needing food are given a voucher by front-line professional agencies such as Luton Advice Network, Age Concern, children’s centres, mental health charities, etc
  • These referral agencies also offer immediate advice on dealing with the problems leading to the visit
  • Clients present their vouchers at one of the many distribution points across Luton
  • Professionals from Citizens Advice are on hand to offer further advice
  • We log usage patterns to identify individuals with recurring problems who may need further help

 

 

Our business friends

Active Luton

Active Luton

Active Luton helps by providing a free venue for events.

ASDA

ASDA

ASDA allows us to hold supermarket collections.

Cawleys Waste & Resource Management

Cawleys Waste & Resource Management

Cawleys collects our recycle waste every week FREE of charge, helping to reduce our carbon footprint.

Co-op Food

Co-op Food

Gemma Edmonds, Area Manager

"As a community retailer we are pleased to support the foodbank and its work to make a difference to the lives of people locally who are in difficulty. We now have nine stores in the area supporting the foodbank, and we would like to say thank you to our members and customers whose generous donations will make a huge difference to people in need in our community."

Electrolux

Electrolux

Named Luton Foodbank as its Charity of the year. Sponsors of our Charity Colour Run and School Superheroes campaign. They also regularly send volunteers.

Esquire

Esquire

Estate Agents for Luton & Leagrave - Sponsors of Luton Foodbank's Charity Colour Run.

Ideal Lettings

Ideal Lettings

Monthly donors.

Inspire FM

Inspire FM

Local radio station Inspire FM is a major supporter, providing a media platform for us to raise awareness and promote our charity campaigns, such as "Feed a child". Inspire FM was also instrumental in fundraising for a new van.

King Print

King Print

Roy Walker:

"Luton Foodbank is a good cause which is much needed at the moment."

London Arbitration Centre

London Arbitration Centre

"As one of the UK's leading consumer dispute resolution bodies we know just how important it is to help those who are less able to do so. That's why we are a proud supporter of the Luton Food Bank in its valuable work in the local community." - Ayub Sadiq, Commercial Director

Liberty Law Solicitors

Liberty Law Solicitors

Liberty Law has committed to ongoing monthly donations.

Mall, Luton

Mall, Luton

"Luton Foodbank make such a difference where it’s need most in the local community. We are proud to work with them and support them in any way we can." (Lavinia Douglass, Marketing Manager)

Sainsbury’s

Sainsbury’s

Sainsbury’s helps by letting us hold food drives.

Star Platforms

Star Platforms

Provided us with a free stair lift for 6 months and then at a discounted rate.

Taylor Walton Solicitors

Taylor Walton Solicitors

Taylor Walton supports us with a Silver Sponsorship package.

Tesco

Tesco

Tesco allows us to hold food drives.

Tustone

Tustone

Tustone provides our office with comprehensive I.T. support.

SPONSOR LUTON FOODBANK

Can your business help in the fight against food poverty? We have a number of packages to fit every budget.
Email for details

Our supporters

Imam Jahangir Ahmed

Imam Jahangir Ahmed

Al-Jalal Mosque

"The Foodbank is an essential service being provided to local residents in their time of need. We have been supporting the Foodbank for a number of years. I’m very proud of the team and all the volunteers involved in the Foodbank. "We will continue to support them and would encourage the Luton community to support them throughout the year."

Revd. David Kesterton

Revd. David Kesterton

All Saints with St Peter's

"This a cause that unites Christians, Muslims and those of all faiths and none.We look forward to continuing to support you as long as you are needed in our town."

Sue Jones

Sue Jones

Citizens Advice Luton

"I have now attended two outreach sessions and completed surveys with service users and would like to say how positive comments have been about Foodbank volunteers…Clients have expressed how comfortable and welcome they have been made to feel."

Luton's Most Strongest

Luton's Most Strongest

"We strongly believe in supporting our Local Community so what better way than supporting Luton Foodbank who have done an excellent job in trying to eradicate food poverty in Luton due to recent cuts to welfare."

Tahir Khan

Tahir Khan

Luton Mayor 2016-2017

"Luton Foodbank is doing fantastic work in the community, trying to keep people from going hungry, and we all need to support this good cause."

Amelia Whitehouse

Amelia Whitehouse

Head Teacher, Whipperley Infant Academy

"It is very heartening to witness community spirit in action."

Imam Shahed Ahmed

Imam Shahed Ahmed

Madinah Masjid UKIM

Thank you to all the volunteers and the foodbank team who help us address our collective responsibility to the needy.

Martin Palmer

Martin Palmer

"I love the energy of Luton Foodbank and would like to get involved. I have been on TV cooking a couple of times and would love to organise events in the community. I look forward to working together."

Shaykh Zubair

Shaykh Zubair

"This is an amazing opportunity for us to show charity to our local neighbours."

Toby

Toby

College student

"We were just coming up to our GCSEs when a friend of mine started acting a bit weird. He stayed in the library all lunch time and said he wasn’t hungry. He had always been best in our class at maths but he started to do really badly in tests and once he even fell asleep in class. I thought he was going to end up being expelled or something but next thing I knew he was beating me in maths and eating lunch with the rest of us again. He told me later that there had been problems at home but that things were ok after a couple of visits to the foodbank. He made me promise not to tell anyone, like he was ashamed or something. I don’t really get that. I mean, whatever the problems were, they weren’t his fault. He didn’t deserve to go hungry. I support the foodbank because there’s only one difference between my friend and me: Bad luck."

Our clients

Sharon

Sharon

I’m on a zero-hours contract as a cleaner, and work dried up soon after lockdown began. The loss of £160 a week is devastating. I don’t want to think too far ahead, but deep down I know I’ll struggle to give my three young children the basics. I’m concerned that because I am not technically unemployed it may be difficult claim any benefits.

Carl

Carl

26-year-old Carl has worked hard as a mechanic since moving to Luton in 2013. The outbreak of COVID-19 meant a dramatic decline in demand for his skills, so Carl must survive on the odd day’s work. Even though his landlord has agreed reduced rent for time, he still can’t afford enough food. Local charity NOAH issued a foodbank voucher to Carl – something he describes as a lifeline as he looks for more work.

Sara

Sara

"I am not being dramatic when I say Luton Foodbank saved my life. I had no food, no money, I was unable to work due to my mental health and I was on the verge of giving up altogether. There was a young girl who gave me my food and she could not have been more kind. A warm smile from her and the help I received saved my life. I cannot thank you enough."

kerry

kerry

we were at rock bottom with wife ill and me lost my job. bills mounting up and couldnt even afford the basics, got sent to foodbank & it got us thru. well never forget it. THANKYOU SO MUCH!!!

ELishA

ELishA

"JUST WANT TO SAY THANKS xxx"

Anonymous

Anonymous

"I go to an All Women’s Centre in Luton and I saw a poster about the coffee morning. I wanted to come and say thank you to Luton Foodbank. I was abused by my ex-partner and I would not have survived without the foodbank. Money was never a problem and then all of it was gone. You never choose to be a domestic violence victim. You can be hard up for money or a billionaire and still be a victim of abuse. I just wanted to express my thanks to Luton Foodbank for helping people when no one else will."

Jade

Jade

Now a Foodbank volunteer

"It was scary moving to a new town where I knew nobody, and with nothing but a few pounds in my purse. I had absolutely no idea where to turn or who to ask for help. I survived for a few weeks on rice and beans with very little left for luxuries like deodorant or toilet roll. I had never even heard of a food bank until my doctor told me about it. I was really nervous standing there outside the building, voucher hidden in my pocket, and worrying about people seeing me come out with bags with “Foodbank” written on them. The thought of people judging me for needing help almost made me walk away. But I was pleasantly surprised at how polite and well-mannered the staff were. They sat me down, we had a little chat. They explained that if I ever needed them again I only had to ask. I felt cared for, like I did matter. And the bags were just normal shopping bags, after all. Foodbanks make a huge impact in every way: that one food parcel can mean so much to somebody. I now volunteer at Luton Foodbank, and proudly work alongside the amazing people who helped me out so much through my difficult time."

Angie

Angie

"We’d never heard of food banks before we were referred about eighteen months ago. It was just a case of poor planning with a bit of bad luck coming at the wrong moment, and suddenly WOOSH everything went pear-shaped. I can still remember the look on the kids’ faces when they got in from school and saw all the food. Their smiles got to me and I just cried with relief, and that set my husband off too LOL. It was a proper feast after living on cup-a-soup for a week. Three days’ food saw us through, and gave us enough breathing room to address the things that had gone wrong. We’ve never looked back! Now we always drop a can or two in the collection box."