Covers: Duns Foodbank covers the whole of Berwickshire with the exception of Eyemouth the A1 corridor from Burnmouth to Cockburnspath, Ayton and Reston. This area is covered by the Eyemouth Foodbank.
Description of the foodbank and additional useful information
Duns Foodbank, formerly Berwickshire Joint Churches Foodbank, was started in 2013 in response to growing signs of food poverty and changes in the benefits regime, especially the change to the payment of benefits monthly in arrears and the stopping of child benefits at the age of 16.
It provides up to a week’s supply of dry foods such as cereal, soup, tinned meat, pasta, sauces, tinned vegetables, tinned fruit and puddings, tea and coffee, and up to 5 days of fresh produce such as milk, butter, bread and potatoes. It also provides chemist vouchers for the purchase of sanitary and baby products and a limited supply of pet foods.
Anybody can access the Foodbank as long as they are referred by one of the 38 Agencies, we deal with such as Berwickshire Housing, the CAB, Borders Addiction, Homelessness Services, Social Care and Health and so on. The Agency is responsible for assessing the client’s needs and, where appropriate, forwarding the referral form to us for action.
When the referral form has been received Duns Foodbank volunteers make up the food parcel based on the number of adults, children and pets involved, they contact the client to agree a suitable time for delivery and then deliver the food parcel to the client’s home.
During the current pandemic all volunteers wear face masks and sanitise their hands and ensure that they are socially distanced from clients when they deliver food parcels.
Duns Foodbank is available 24/7 because referrals usually come in by email from the agencies. However, our stores and delivery teams are all volunteers so making up and delivering food parcels normally occurs between 9am and 5pm.
Anybody wishing to access Duns Foodbank must apply through one of the recognised agencies already mentioned, and they will send the email referral form to us. Our Facebook page has basic details about the Foodbank which are mentioned above.
Duns Foodbank is a voluntary organisation, and it depends entirely on the generosity of volunteers, donors and contributors within the community. Contributions of dry foods can be left in the porch of Duns Parish Church between 9am and 4pm on Monday to Friday. There is a list of food shortages on our Facebook page. Fresh foods are bought by the delivery team as they are needed because we do not have the facility to store them. Monetary donations can be sent to JD Clark & Allan, Solicitors, Market Square, Duns, TD11 3DR. They should be made payable to Duns & District Parishes and marked Duns Foodbank.