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