In 2011 the Lancing and Sompting Basics Bank was launched. In May 2015 we re-launched and rebranded as the Lancing and  Sompting Food Bank.

Many of us have friends and family to turn to when the going gets tough. But what if your family could no longer help and you had nowhere else to go? Opening the fridge or food cupboard to find that there is nothing to eat and there is no money to go and buy anything is not an experience most people expect to go through. But statistics suggest that many people are only one pay or benefit cheque away from just this situation.

That’s where the Lancing and Sompting Food Bank seeks to help by giving people food when they need it most. The Food Bank was started at Pentecost 2011 with the idea of “giving a little to those who have less”. This is an attempt to take seriously the Apostle Paul’s statement” “Therefore as we have the opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” Therefore, we give to those in genuine need from all faiths and none, and from all backgrounds simply on the basis of need.

With the help of volunteers from the churches Lancing and Sompting Food Bank has been set up to create and make available food bags which contain enough food to feed a family of four for three days. Bags are given to those referred by our partners in the community.

All the churches in Lancing and Sompting are able to refer people to the Foodbank as are our partners including the CAB, Social Services, some Housing Associations, Health Centres and Health Visitors and occasionally CAP (Christians against Poverty)

The main distribution point is:

Thursday mornings between 10am -12.30pm at Lancing Library or by phone call to Peter on 07768 131817.  (The Family Centres in North Road and Boundstone Lane also provide our foodbags but only for people attending their activities.)

Information can be found at the family centres, health visitors or the Lancing Citizens Advice bureau. To find out more, contact Peter Johnson on 07768 131817 or John Woods on 01903 753660.  You can also send a message via the contact us page.