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New measures in place 25/3/20 – see Coronavirus response page  

Foodbank Opening Times – Temporarily suspended  25/3/20 

Tuesdays 10.00 – 12.00 noon

Fridays 10.00 – 12.00 noon

Fountain Foodbank provides food for people in need and when appropriate, a listening ear.

Downpatrick Presbyterian Church, supported by other local groups, manages Fountain Foodbank. Volunteers pack and issue the food. Anyone in need of help can get support. We prefer to work through our partner organisations who issue vouchers to anyone in need. The vouchers allow Fountain Foodbank to account to the donors for the food delivered and the associated expenditure.

No one is turned away, even if they do not have a voucher. A typical food parcel is designed to last a family for three days. The parcel will be adapted to meet the needs of a particular client. The partner organisations can collect food if they wish to maintain client anonymity.

How to use the Fountain Foodbank: ( 25/3/20   Temporary fortnightly delivery service  in place for those in desperate food poverty due to Coronavirus pandemic- see details on Coronavirus Response box on homepage) 

  • Contact one of the partner organisations. They will issue you with a voucher.
  • Bring your voucher to the foodbank in Downpatrick Presbyterian Church Hall during opening hours ( Tuesdays and Fridays 10.00-12.00)
  • Volunteers will greet you and arrange for your food parcel to be packed. Partners can also collect the food on your behalf.

You can get a voucher from any of the following Partners: 25/3/20 Numbers still in use 

citizens-advice-bureau-logo-007Telephone for appointment  0300 30 30 306

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028 44612311




   Hotline Tel: 028 4461 6557



If you have young children these organisations may be able to give you a voucher:

DOWN SureStart Tel:028 4461 3630

HomeStartLogoColour Tel: 028 4461 5727

action for children Tel:028 4461 7837

Brysonlogo Tel:028 4461 3630 or 028 4483 8709


Christians Against Poverty    Tel: 0800 328 0006  or     Tel: 01274 760 839


Clanrye Family Foundation       Tel : 028 3089 8119


Caring Communities Safe and Well     Tel: 028 9756 6934


If you are between 16 and 25,  MACS may be able to help:   Tel: 028 44615155


Your local GP may be able to give you a voucher for Fountain Foodbank.



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

  • Tinned vegetables
  • Tinned meat/meals/pies (e.g. corned beef, chicken in white sauce, mince beef and onion pie, etc.)
  • Tinned fish
  • Tinned fruit
  • UHT or long life milk
  • Tea/coffee
  • Cereal
  • Sauces, e.g. Ragu, tomato sauce
  • Pasta
  • Tinned pasta, e.g. 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

25/3/20   It is no longer possible to leave donations at the foodbank. Donations can only be made at ASDA Downpatrick or SUPERVALU, Ballymote.  

Or at any donation point: ONLY ASDA and SUPERVALU please 

Local Churches including : suspended

  • Downpatrick Presbyterian Church
  • Downpatrick Methodist Church
  • Down Cathedral
  • St Patrick’s Church
  • Saul Parish Church
  • Downpatrick Non- Subscribing  Presbyterian Church
  • Ardglass Presbyterian Church

Also at 

  • ASDA, Downpatrick
  • Supervalu, Ballymote
  • Milligan’s  Stores, Ardglass – suspended
  • McCartan’s, Downpatrick – suspended

Contact Fountain Foodbank 074 4401 5883 or if you would like to have your donation collected.

Many thanks.

Fountain Foodbank is a local charity responding to God’s love, by providing food parcels to those who find themselves in difficult circumstances.