Are You in Need of Help?
If so, please do not contact us direct. The foodbank assists people and families only on referral from agencies such as:
- Citizens Advice Bureau, Galashiels
- Scottish Borders Council Social Services
- Scottish Borders Council Homelessness Service
- Scottish Borders Council Mental Health Services
- Scottish Borders Council Addiction Services
- Health Care Professionals (eg Doctors, Nurses)
- School Staff (eg Headteachers)
- Religious/Faith Leaders (eg Church Ministers)
If you contact any of these, they will discuss your situation with you and help you, but only refer you for a food parcel if you wish to receive one. They may be able to assist in other ways eg with advice on benefits or money management etc.
Confidentiality and discretion are key to what we do. Team members use their own transport to make deliveries, phoning first to arrange a suitable time; if known to the recipient they will ensure another member delivers to avoid any possible embarrassment, and will not share details of those helped outwith the team.
How Can I Help?
1. You can donate the supplies we need to make up food parcels by leaving them at the public collection points in the Co-op, Selkirk Post Office or Scott's Selkirk shop, and local firms can help by putting collection boxes in their staff rooms; churches in the area also have their own arrangements for collecting donations.
The team will take the items to restock our store in Selkirk, and sort them to ensure older items are used first, and that everything in a food parcel is well within its 'Best Before' date. We need tinned and dry goods; for what we normally want, and for any weekly special requirements where we're short, see our Shopping List.
2. You can donate money, so we can buy supplies we are short of, and perishable items, like milk, bread, butter, eggs and cheese. You can donate by cash or cheque, or set up a regular bank standing order; for details, please email the Co-ordinator.
For a brief general account of the history of foodbanks, why they are needed, and of the situation in Selkirk, see our Why Needed? page.