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Tel:  07444015883  or email: fountainfoodbank@gmail.com

Update January 2021

We are continuing to operate the foodbank in order to help those in most need but at the same time ensuring we follow Government guidelines to keep our volunteers as safe as possible.

Get Help 

Fountain Foodbank, like many others, works using a voucher referral system. We know that anyone can find themselves at crisis point for different reasons. To provide the most appropriate help, we work with local agencies. If they feel you are struggling to put food on the table, they will issue you with a foodbank voucher. The local agency can also provide long term support or benefit advice to help address some of the issues behind the reasons for your crisis.

At present this is usually done by the agency ringing or emailing your details to us, and then all you need to do is give us your name and address when you call to collect your parcel.

How to Collect Your Food Parcel

We are currently OPEN on Fridays from 10am to 12 noon in Downpatrick Presbyterian Church Hall, 16 Fountain Street, Downpatrick, BT30 6AW.

  • Parcels will be collected from the door to reduce risk to clients and volunteers due to Covid 19.
  • Bring your voucher or referring information.
  • Wear a mask when visiting.
  • Visitors should not visit the foodbank if they are ill.
  • Visitors should, if possible, come to the Foodbank alone.

If you cannot get in touch with one of our partners, ring 07444015883 or email fountainfoodbank@gmail.com and we will help you directly.

Who To Ask / Referral Agencies 

Newry Mourne & Down Community Advice – Tel: 0300 30 30 306 (Mon-Fri 9am-2pm) or email: advice@advicenmd.com

County Down Rural Community Network – Tel: 028 4461 2311   

Society of St. Vincent de Paul – Tel: 028 4461 6557

Local GP, Multi Disciplinary Team Social workers Contact your local GP

Home Start (for families with young children) – Tel: 028 4461 5727

Action For ChildrenTel: 028 4461 7837

Christians Against Poverty – Local contact Tel: 07443 586701

Bryson CareTel:028 4461 3630   or  028 4483 8709

 

Clanrye Family FoundationsTel: 028 3089 8119

Down SureStart – (families of children under 4 years) Tel: 028 4461 3630

MACS (aged between 16-25) – Tel: 028 4461 5155

Caring Communities Safe & Well (aged 65+) – Tel: 028 9756 6934

 

Donations

Currently donations of non-perishable goods can ONLY be made via donation points in Asda, Downpatrick and Supervalu, Ballymote. We are not taking donations at the foodbank for safety reasons.

For those that would like to contribute to the foodbank, we would greatly appreciate the following non-perishable items:

  • Tinned vegetables- peas, sweetcorn, carrots, beans
  • Tinned meat (ham, corned beef)
  • Tinned meals/pies (e.g. chicken in white sauce, mince beef and onion pie,)
  • Tinned fish
  • Tinned fruit
  • UHT or long-life milk
  • Tea/coffee
  • Cereal
  • Jam
  • Sauces, e.g. Curry, Sweet and Sour sauce
  • Pasta
  • Tinned tomatoes
  • Tomato/brown sauce
  • Spaghetti hoops
  • Rice
  • Packet mash/ tinned potatoes
  • Rice pudding/custard
  • Packet of biscuits
  • A treat, e.g. packet of sweets
  • Tinned soup/cup-a-soup
  • Toiletries
  • Cleaning Products

Fountain Foodbank is a local cross community charity responding to God’s love, by providing emergency food parcels to those who find themselves in difficult circumstances. As an organisation with a Christian basis, we are looking to God to supply our needs and to our faith in Him to help us face these difficult times, being assured of His love and our salvation in Him.

 

   Fountain Foodbank

1 John 4:19 ‘We love because He first loved us.