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Stretford Foodbank - Stretford Distribution Centre

CORONA-VIRUS UPDATE: the Foodbank remains operational but does not give out food parcels from the distribution centre at 107 Barton Rd. All requests for  food support must be made via the Trafford Community Response number 0300 330 9073

The Stretford foodbank has been established to provide short term, emergency food to an individual or family in crisis while a long-term strategy is developed.  Normally enough food for 3 days (one voucher) should be sufficient to cover the immediate crisis, while the normal support agencies arrange to meet the client’s needs. 


Food is donated

All food given out is donated by schools, churches, businesses, individuals or through supermarket collections. Such collections engage the public at supermarkets where they are met by volunteers who offer shoppers a ‘foodbank shopping list’ and ask them to buy an extra item with their shop. This food is then collected at the checkout before being taken to the foodbank warehouse.


Food is sorted and stored


At the warehouse, food is sorted by volunteers according to type and 'best before date'. They also check it is undamaged (and that it can be used in a food parcel) and pack it into boxes and store it, ready for use. Food is then taken to foodbank centres, where it is made up into food parcels for clients.


Frontline professionals identify people in need


Care professionals such as doctors, health visitors, social workers, Citizens Advice Bureau staff, welfare officers, the police and probation officers, amongst others, identify people in crisis and issue them with a foodbank voucher.


Clients receive food


Clients bring their voucher to a foodbank centre where it can be exchanged for three days supply of emergency food. Food parcels have been designed by dieticians to provide recipients with nutritionally balanced food. Some foodbanks also run a delivery service, which takes emergency food-boxes to clients living in rural areas and those who cannot get to a foodbank.


Clients are signposted to further support


Volunteers meet clients over a cup of tea or hot meal and are able to signpost people to agencies who can help resolve the longer-term problem. As foodbanks are an emergency food-provision service, it is important to get clients in touch with organisations who can help them address the underlying problem.


Q: I need a Foodbank voucher, where can I get one? 


FIRSTLY, you need to get help and advice regarding your crisis or financial situation. If you already access a support agency or support worker please speak to them about your situation. On the right are a couple of money advice agencies that you can contact to receive help and advice. (These agencies can also refer clients to a local foodbank.)

Who to contact

07564 387209
Stretford Foodbank
Related Organisation
Age UK Trafford Information and Advice helpline (telephone only) blueSCI Old Trafford Wellbeing Centre George House Trust Greater Manchester Police (GMP) Shelter Greater Manchester Advice and Support Service * Stretford Children's Centre & Early Help Hub *Trafford Carers Centre & Trafford Young Carers Trafford Children's First Response

Where to go

Name of Venue
Trafford Christian Life Centre
Venue Address
Barton Road
M32 9AF

When is it on?

Days & Times
As from 1st March 2019: Every Tuesday & Friday 10-30am to 1-30pm (Except on public holidays and Good Friday.)

Who is it for?

Eligibility Details

Any resident who lives north of the River Mersey and within the Trafford boundary

How to use this service

Referral Required?
Referral Details

To access the foodbank you need a voucher. Vouchers are held by social care and health organisations and some charities and given to those who are exceptional need. We would advise you to discuss your needs with someone in the Citizen's Advice Bureau as they will be able to discuss your circumstances with you and provide some advice (see for local opening times). If they feel it is necessary there are people within the Citizen's Advice Bureau who hold vouchers for us. Vouchers are generally limited to a maximum of three per person per crisis.

Cost Information
This is a free service to the client and to the agency issuing the voucher.

How accessible is this service?

Further Details

No wheelchair accessibility, however there is a bell to summon help. Other cultural dietary needs catered for.

Last updated date:
17 April 2020

We strongly suggest contacting the service or activity before you use it. This way you can check all the details are correct and that everything is right for you. Trafford Directory disclaimer


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