In partnership with other local churches, The oRder of the Black Sheep is setting up a foodbank to cover the Chesterfield area. The foodbank is seeded from The Trussell Trust (, a Christian social justice trust with over 350 foodbanks currently open across the United Kingdom.

All food given out is donated, whether 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 foodboxes 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.

Get Involved

Your gifts of time, funds or food can help stop local people going hungry. We could not do it without you.


There are many fun ways to get involved and support your local foodbank. Click here to see our fundraising pack  - its packed with top tips on how to make your fundraising a success. 


There are many ways to get involved as a volunteer - you could help us with food sorting and packing, fundraising or promoting the foodbank to the local community. If you have some time to give and are willing to help, please get in touch. 

Donate money

Regular gifts: Giving by standing order helps us to plan ahead, making sure that we are always here to help people in crisis.

download standing order form

download a gift aid form

One-off gifts: Foodbanks need funds to keep going. We appreciate whatever you can give, big or small...Give online or please send cheques to: [fill in details] [please make cheques payable to]. 

Give food

Download a foodbank shopping list here to see what we need. Please bring any food donations to the foodbank during our opening hours. Want to help even more? Could you start a foodbank collection point at your work, school or church?

Become a sponsor or partner

If you are a local business that shares our belief that no-one should go hungry in our local area, we’d love you to hear from you. There are many ways to get involved, from volunteering as a team building activity to sharing your expertise. To find out more about getting involved please contact us. Thank you!

If you would like to be involved with the Foodbank, please contact the project coordinator, ben Martin:

Keep an eye on this page to find out more information as distribution centres and opening dates are announced in the coming days and weeks!