Food Friend

FoodFriend is a facility where anyone living within the Parish of Wilmslow – and in genuine financial need – can access free basic food.

Food Friend is now open at St Bart’s on Thursdays 10am -12 noon 

Contact Flo on 07592 582567 or email


FOOD FRIEND will be up and running again from St Bart’s this month (from September 17th) on Thursdays 10am – 12noon.

A risk assessment has been approved for this and all social distancing protocols etc will be in place.

A huge thank you to the ‘pop up’ food bank volunteers – C19 Styal (especially Wayne, Andy and Jay) – who have been collecting donations, making up food parcels and delivering to our food bank clients (and many more) over the last 6 months. A letter of acknowledgement for their work from the High Sheriff of Greater Manchester speaks volumes. We hope to continue working together during this next phase / easing of lockdown; still caring for those who are shielding etc.

We have delivered to nearly 50 new families since lockdown and fear this will continue to rise with the long term consequences of the pandemic; job losses and increased mental health issues.

Local support has been overwhelming during Covid which will enable us to continue this work for the foreseeable future, so a huge and sincere thank you to you all.

Specific thanks for grants from Equilibrium Financial Planning, The Driven Advertising, Cheshire Police Safer Communities Fund, John Lewis and Partners ‘Partners Through it All’ Community Fund, Waitrose Community Matters and also to the staff at Wilmslow High School for their charity cycle.

Donations and deliveries to St Bart’s during these hours are now welcome. Please not our most needed items for reopening are: sugar, pasta sauce, rice pudding, tinned potatoes, tinned meat e.g. corned beef, Spam, Fray Bentos pies, stewed steak etc, coffee and long life milk.

And we still have our donation points in Wilmslow Sainsbury’s, Alderley Edge Waitrose, Wilmslow Parish Hall and FITISM gym Wilmslow.

I look forward to seeing our clients and invaluable team of volunteers back at the helm.

If you know someone who lives in Wilmslow Parish needing a food bank contact:
Flo (Food Friend) on 07592 582567 / e mail

Or for people resident in Handforth (including Colshaw) contact:
Hope Central on 07434 961434 / e mail

Also, Wilmslow Self-isolation Support Group still offers help with shopping and collecting prescriptions etc. Visit and message the team on Facebook @wilmslowself-isolationsupport

Thanks again and stay safe,


For people resident in Handforth (including Colshaw) contact:
Hope Central on 07434 961434 / e mail

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To continue our work we continually need donations of long life, non-perishable food and funding.
All donations are welcome during our opening hours. Please see our shopping list. Regular standing orders can be arranged.
We also have a food donation point by the check outs in Wilmslow’s Sainsbury’s, Alderley Edge Waitrose, Wilmslow Parish Hall and Fitism Gym Wilmslow.
If you can help or would like further information for yourself or someone in need, please contact Flo.
Tel: 07592 582567.
E mail:
Thank you

UNSOLD supermarket food is usually available from:

  • St Bart’s on  Tuesday 10 – 12.
  • St Philip and St James Church in Alderley Edge on Sunday afternoons. If you genuinely need food delivering to you, members of the congregation in Alderley Edge may be able to drop some of these supplies to you on Sunday afternoons.

TEXT Rev Robin Pye – on the Friday or Saturday – before on 07794 122602.

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FoodFriend is a facility where anyone living within the Wilmslow Parish – and in genuine financial need – can access free basic food.

It was inspired by our Church’s belief that we should help people in our own locality just as Jesus himself did. “Jesus took five loaves and two fish, looked up to heaven and gave thanks. He broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people”. (Bible: Matthew, Chapter 14)

The project was initiated by Wilmslow Parish and launched in 2011. In 2014 it was expanded significantly through the support of Wilmslow Town Council.

Although on the surface Wilmslow and the surrounding area is an affluent one, there is still hidden poverty. So far the project has helped well over 300 individuals and families in distress.
One of our clients said: “Without the help of the food bank I would be very hungry and probably in hospital or a police cell by now.”

St Bartholomew’s Church is usually open from 10am to 12.00pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Fridays – and the first Saturday morning of each month with ‘coffee and cakes’ – to distribute food parcels.

The Church and FoodFriend Project Manager, Flo Knowles, is a professional counsellor and is available to also offer a listening ear; as struggling to put food on the table, or even being homeless, undoubtedly comes with other problems such as stress, depression and addiction issues.

We can assist clients in accessing other support and services such as debt management, housing and benefits; working in close liaison with other community organisations such as CAB, the Red Cross, local hostels and so on.
We also run Budget Cookery Courses to help people make the most out of their food parcels and to encourage healthy, low cost meal planning.

Others too gain work experience from our scheme; students doing the Duke of Edinburgh Award and we have young volunteers with special needs helping out regularly. Our service users are encouraged to ‘give back’ by helping us too; with the food bank or in the Church grounds.

We are indebted to our local community for its support of our project.