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Tel:  07444015883  or email:

The Bible says in 1 John 4:19 ‘We love because He first loved us.’
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. Fountain Foodbank is an independent foodbank helping those in Downpatrick and surrounding Lecale areas, including, Strangford, Ardglass, Killyleagh and Killough.


Fountain Foodbank, like many other foodbanks, uses a voucher referral system. We know that anyone can find themselves at a crisis point for various 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 or email your referral details to us directly. The local agency can also provide long-term support or benefits advice to help address some of the issues behind the reasons for your crisis.
To get a referral for a food parcel, contact any of our local partner organisations. You can contact us directly but after your first visit you will be passed on to one of our partner organisations for future help.   It can take a few days to get the referral completed, so please try to ask for help as soon as possible.                                                                                               

Contact us directly:- 077444015883    Email

Newry Mourne and Down Community Advice: This website has a referral section where you simply fill in your name and address and message asking for a food parcel. They will contact you for further details. You can also ring 0300 30 30 306 


Society of St Vincent de Paul SVP: Helpline 028 44616557 or  07586972093 . This is an automated service. Leave a clear message and contact details and they will ring you back.

County Down Rural Community Network                                 Tel. 028 44612311


You can also contact any GP -MDT team or a social worker or other healthcare professional and they should be able to refer you to us.

If you already have contact with the following groups, they may be able to refer you to the foodbank for help.

MACS (16-24year olds) 028 44615155     

Home-Start 028 44615727   

Christians Against Poverty              Local contact: 07443586701  

SureStart (families with children under four     years) 028 44613630   

Caring Communities Safe and Well (Over 65s) 028 97566934

Our referral partners assess who we can help but we have helped people who are on low incomes, waiting for benefit claims to be processed, unemployed, single parents, those who are ill and cannot work, those at risk of homelessness, bereaved families, asylum seekers, those in debt, those with unexpected bills or in a crisis.  Please ask for help- it is a brave thing to do.



We are open on Fridays from 10-12 noon in Downpatrick Presbyterian Church Hall, 16 Fountain Street, Downpatrick BT30 6AW.
Having got a referral from our partners, call in and give your name and address details to our volunteers. They will give you a food parcel containing mainly non-perishable foods and some toiletries. We sometimes provide fruit and vegetables and butchers’ vouchers if they are available.
If you cannot collect a parcel we can sometimes provide a delivery service. Please note that we are all volunteers and try to provide as much help as possible, but the phone and email are not monitored 24/7. Phone and email are monitored during working hours.



Donations of non-perishable foods can be made via donation points in Asda, Downpatrick; McCartan Footwear, Market Street Downpatrick and Eurospar, Ardglass.
You can also make donations during our opening hours at the foodbank on Fridays. Financial donations can be made by contacting us on 07444015883 or emailing
For those who would like to contribute to the foodbank, we would greatly appreciate the following non-perishable items:
  • Tinned meat (ham, corned beef)
  • Tinned meals/pies (e.g. chicken in white sauce, minced beef and onion pie,)
  • Tinned fish
  • Tinned fruit
  • Tinned vegetables- peas, sweetcorn, carrots, beans
  • UHT or long-life milk
  • Tea/coffee
  • Cereal
  • Jam
  • Noodles
  • Diluting juice
  • 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

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