Galashiels and Area Foodbank

Galashiels and Area Foodbank

OSCR Number: SC050850

What has changed during Covid-19?

  • Clients are encouraged to ask a suitable agency to refer them, such as Social Work, Citizens Advice Bureau, Health Care Professional, Minister of Religion, School Teacher, etc.
  • Since the start of the pandemic clients may self refer to the local resilience hubs and by email to
  • Food is now given out on Wednesdays only at 2.00- 3.00pm
  • The cut off time for referrals is 4pm on Tuesday for the Wednesday
  • Volunteers and clients are obliged to maintain social distancing
  •  The front porch of St Peter’s Church is open for any food donations

What we do

Founded in 2012, Galashiels Foodbank provides three-day emergency food parcels to those in crisis. Local people in need are referred to us by health care and social work agencies from across the district.

How it works

The three-day emergency parcels are made up of nutritionally balanced, tinned and dried food – some of which has been donated by the local community.

Fresh milk, bread, eggs, cheese, meats and some other items are purchased by the Foodbank, using donated funds, and added into every food parcel.

Who runs the Foodbank?

The Foodbank is run by a team of trustees and volunteers.

It is based at St Peter’s Church, 1 Parsonage Road, Galashiels.

Activity Levels

In March 2020 we experienced a surge in demand so that we were giving out about 200 bags of food per week. This has settled down recently to around 100 bags per week. The proportion of children supported has increased from under 10% to around 25%.

It costs up to £5,000 per month to buy all the food items required. In addition we have minor overheads such as food storage facilities and general running costs.

How to donate?

If you wish to donate non-perishable food items or toiletries to Galashiels Foodbank please check out our Facebook page for a list of current shortages

Donations of cash are welcome via the Galashiels and Area Foodbank Justgiving page here

Any dry and tinned goods can be left at the following locations which have in-store drop off points: Asda Galashiels, M&S Galashiels, Poundland, Iceland, MacDonalds, Coop Melrose, Coop Earlston  or alternatively brought directly to St Peter’s Church where the porch is always unlocked.

Get in Touch

We need your support to do our work — contact us at for more information about our work, how you can volunteer or donate.

Foodbank Opening Hours

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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