Please note we are closed for our festive holiday after Thursday 22 nd December and re-open on Tuesday 4th January 2017.
In an emergency please contact Portland House on 01638 600699.
is part of Newmarket Open Door, and redistributes donated foods and household products to disadvantaged people through charities, voluntary and social welfare organisations, reducing food waste to landfill.
The charity also operates the Shop ‘n’ Share scheme with donation boxes at Tesco’s in Fordham Road and Milton, Cambridge, Cambridge Daily Bread and Waitose Newmarket. We recieve a large number of regular and one-off donations from retailers, wholesalers and local churches, businesses and organisations, including Sainsbury, Tesco and Reed Forwarding. Recent large donations came from the staff at Matioli Woods and Godolphin.
We also receive large donations including fresh bread and cakes etc from Tesco and M & S.
Where is the Foodbank?
Unit 5 Craven Way, Newmarket CB8 0BW
Open Tuesday & Thursday 10am-4pm.
How can you access the Foodbank?
Access is by appointment only by telephoning 01638 561711, the Open Door office on 01638 600699 or the Superstore on 01638 660900.
Customers at Foodbank make a small contribution of 30 pence per kilogram to contribute to warehousing costs. Free emergency food parcels are available to referred individuals and families.
What do we stock?
Our stock is variable depending on the donations but can include:
Why are these products available?
Tinned soups, meat, fish, beans, fruit and vegetables
Packet soups, flour, sugar and dried vegetables
Jars of gherkins, beetroots, olives
Frozen foods including ready meals
Fresh fruit, salads and vegetables
Biscuits, cereal bars, chocolate, sweets and cakes
Cooking sauces, tomato sauces, chutney, mayonnaise, salad cream
Water, lemonade, squash, cola, juices, milk and other soft drinks
Cat and dog foods, tins, pouches, dried foods and litter
Soap powder, bleaches, washing up liquid, toilet cleaners, dishwasher tablets and other cleaning products
Shampoos, conditioners, toothpastes, soaps, shaving gels and other personal hygiene products
Seasonal items such as Easter Eggs and Christmas Puddings
Fresh bread, cakes, doughnuts, fruit and vegetables
And much more!
Wholesalers and retailers donate items for a variety of reasons:
Incorrect or changes to packaging
Insufficient shelf life for distribution through shops
End of trial runs
Damage to outer packaging
Donations from Shop ‘n’ Share and other public sources
Passed Best Before End Dates
Please note that all items are dated with the advisory code ‘best before end’ that means that the manufacturer does not guarantee the quality after the end date. We do not handle 'Use By' items except for fresh vegetables.
Our suppliers are:
Manufacturers, processors and producers, wholesalers, caterers, churches and schools (especially at Harvest Festival), sponsors, clubs and other charities. We can collect larger quanties.
Our thanks to
Tesco Newmarket for their donations of fresh food through Fairshare
M & S Newmarket for their freshfood donations through Neighbourly
J Sainsbury for groceries
If you or your organisation or business would like to make a donation, as a one-off or regular basis please contact John Durrant on 01638 600699 or 07767837054.
Shop 'n' Share
Waitrose, Tesco Newmarket and Milton and Daily Bread in Cambridgehave kindly provided collection facilities for customers to shop and share and donate to the foodbank.
Open Door also distributes meal vouchers primarily to the street homeless or for those temporarily without cooking facilities. A voucher is worth £3.50 and redeemable at the Stable Restaurant in the High Street.
How did the Foodbank begin?
Emmaus Cambridge and Jimmy’s Assessment Centre worked in partnership to form the Foodbank as an independent charity in 2001, opening in a small warehouse in Coldhams Road. It was probably the first in this country.
In 2008 the Foodbank moved to Newmarket to co-locate with Open Door and benefit from lower rent and larger premises. The two charities completed a merger in 2009.
Grants have been received in the past from Cambridge City Council, the Tudor Trust, Chivers, Jimmy’s Cambridge, Barclay's Bank, Suffolk County Council, Suffolk Community Foundation and Emmaus Cambridge.