Food Bank

 Sharing in the work of the Trust Food Bank


We support the work of the Epping Forest Food bank, which is one arm of the Trussell Trust Charity, Epping Forest Foodbank covers the Epping Forest District entirely.
The Food Bank is open every Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday 10am-12pm at their community centres and is for those in the locals who may be struggling to buy food. 

Tuesday: Epping Forest District Council Civic Offices, Epping

Wednesday: St. Mary’s Church, Loughton

Saturday: St. John’s On The Broadway, Debden

A team of volunteers takes food from the church to be delivered to the trust before the food bank opens. 

Between April 2021 - April 2022 EFFB had fed 4,309 people but since April 2022 till today this has gone up to 4,009 people, with only half the financial year left.  Every week the number is growing rapidly, due to various means such as refugee’s, the Cost of Living crisis, low income, benefit delays and so on.

The following items are currently needed:

Small/medium jars coffee


Instant mash

Tinned meat, veg, fruit, spaghetti,


Baked beans

Pasta sauce

Sponge puddings

Rice pudding



Packet noodles

UHT milk and juice

Chocolate spread, snack bars, biscuits, chocolate

Laundry tablets

Washing up liquid

Shampoo, conditioner, shower gel

Toothbrushes, toothpaste

Disposable razors, shaving foam

Toilet paper

Want to be able to help, but unsure how? 

Next time you go to the supermarket, why not buy an item or two extras from the list on the poster above and bring it to the church on Sunday or during the week? The donation boxes are just inside the church doors. Alternatively, some stores will have a specified basket that go to EFFB.

As you can see from the list above they are looking for cans, tins and packets of food and cleaning items, but please no fresh or refrigerated food, as donations will be stored in the church and we do not have a fridge!

You can also make a financial donation by going to or if you prefer to send them cash or a cheque, made payable to ‘EFFB marked ‘foodbank’ on the reverse, to you can then send it to: 38c Chigwell Lane, Oakwood Hill Industrial Estate, Loughton, Essex, IG10 3NY.

If you are willing occasionally to drive the donations from the church to the Trust then Amy would love to hear
from you by text, phone or email:    

Amy Perridge

Church & Communities Engagement Officer 


It is only a few minutes’ drive from the church.

Last but not least we would like to thank everyone who has dropped food off at the church or made generous financial donations over the last year - and we hope you will keep up the good work!  If you would like to find out more about the Trust and their work their website is

If you wish to volunteer, please check the volunteering section on the website, alternatively you can email



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