Rotary4foodbanks is a Rotary response to the growing demands on foodbanks in the UK.  Initially operating in the East Midlands and South Yorkshire, it is attracting interest from Rotary across the UK.  Whilst it was launched in response to the Covid-19 crisis, it is actually a long-term initiative to deliver a sustainable, cost-effective food sourcing programme for foodbanks.

You can support Rotary4Foodbanks via our JustGiving page

Information for D1220 Rotary Clubs (link)

To find out how you might give help to or receive help from Rotary4Foodbanks, contact;

John Stamp: 07535 359424 / Lesley Reynolds: 07771 330147 / email:

Latest News

  • Ending Hunger- The Campaign So Far

    With food banks already stretched to their limit, the COVID pandemic couldn’t have hit at a worse time. However, a group of keen Rotarians made it their mission to step up and put a stop to thousands of people going to bed hungry.
  • Rushcliffe Rotary Club helps Cotgrave foodbank with ‘Elfy’ meals

    Rushcliffe Rotary Club’s Sandra Morrey is keeping it ‘elfy’ this Christmas. Sandra is one of eight volunteers from the club helping Cotgrave Community Kitchen make sure no-one in the community goes hungry this Christmas. Together they are delivering 100 meals, and some elfy good cheer, every week. For Sandra and husband Chris, helping out is a real family affair.
  • Santa’s wave brings cheer to kids – and to foodbanks too

    The great news is that Santa is doing his pre-Christmas rounds in Ravenshead and Blidworth. He may not be handing out sweets, but he will be bringing good cheer as he waves from his sleigh, pulled with the help of Ravenshead and Blidworth Rotary Club.
    Local foodbanks run by two fantastic organisations will benefit from the on-line donations Santa is hoping will pour in as he makes his way round the villages.
    To see how the club, and Rotary4foodanks have teamed up to help make Christmas better for families in the district, read the whole story here…
  • Homeless become providers during Covid lockdown as Rotary steps up to help

    Former rough sleepers at Derby’s Padley Hostel have been key players in the fight to stave off hunger and homelessness for hundreds in the city during the Covid crisis.
  • Foodbank fears Harvest Festival shortfall as demand for services soars

    Chesterfield Foodbank fears that due to Covid restrictions this year they will lose up to half of the five tons of vital food supplies which they normally get from harvest festival collections. But, says project co-ordinator Pat Evans, the generosity of churches, supermarkets and organisations like the Rotary Club will help to see them through the tough winter ahead.
  • Flowers provide final Jigsaw piece for struggling families in Matlock area

    When the pandemic first hit, Jigsaw Foodbank was flooded with offers of help from volunteers and support from supermarkets and local Rotary Clubs. But now, with six new referrals in one single day recently, the Jigsaw team has real concerns about what this winter holds for struggling families in the region.
  • Salvation Army Ripley Sings Rotary Club praises

    Ripley Salvation Army is currently providing vital food supplies to vulnerable people every month and is expecting a surge in demand in the run up to Christmas. Due to Covid-19 Ripley Salvation Army Food Bank, which serves all of Amber Valley, has seen a 100% increase in demand compared to before the pandemic.
  • From Boxing to Bagging – Evolve delivers 75 tons of hope to Broxtowe community

    Volunteers from Evolve CIC in Broxtowe have turned from boxing to bagging as they extend their foodbank services in the fight to ensure that no-one in the district goes hungry this winter.  But, warns former police officer turned local hero Gary Bulmer, the demand for services looks set to increase as the winter looms.  With […]
  • Mansfield foodbank chief warns of looming tsunami of need

    A Mansfield Woodhouse foodbank has kept up with demand for food during the Covid crisis, but its volunteer manager, former policeman Keith Hadfield, warns that much worse is to come as winter approaches. A new lifeline of supplies from Rotary4foodbanks is playing a vital role in helping to build stocks for the tsunami of demand he expects in the coming months but, says Keith, more help is needed.
  • Former drug addict comes clean to help feed the hungry through Covid

    Former drug addict Mick Hanley has turned his life around. Now, supporting others in dire straits is helping him to keep on the ‘straight and narrow’. He talks about his past life and his daily struggle to survive on the streets and beat his addictions. Mick is happily married and working at a Sheffield foodbank. He explains how surrounding himself with positive people has been one of the cornerstones of his recovery and how supplies from Rotary4foodbanks will help the thousands of others who now find themselves facing hardship in the months ahead.
  • Radio Nottingham covers Rotary4Foodbanks

    Verity Cowley interviewed John Cavey from Rotary4Foodbanks and Lauren Jay Warner of Taylors Transport for her Afternoon radio show on BBC Radio Nottingham 18/08/2020
  • Rotary4Foodbanks featured in National Magazine

    The latest edition of the Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland Magazine carries a feature on our Rotary4Foodbanks scheme. Food for thought
  • Mansfield high-flyer at heart of foodbank charity scheme

    A sky-diving, wing-walking Mansfield woman has found herself at the heart of a major £100,000 charity initiative to keep foodbanks stocked across the East Midlands and South Yorkshire. 28 year old Lauren Warner, an international transport planner at Mansfield’s Taylor’s Transport, has her work cut out.  She is at the centre of operations for Rotary4foodbanks […]
  • Rotherham pulls together to combat growing hunger crisis

    A foodbank project manager has praised supermarkets, Rotary Clubs and others for how they have pulled together to combat hunger in the town. But, warns Stephen Prosser of Rotherham Foodbank, the real crisis is only just beginning.
  • Pete Wearn, Rotary4Foodbanks volunteer Featured on East Midlands Today

    Retired physics teacher Pete Wearn has found himself behind the wheel of a major local initiative to keep hard-pressed foodbanks stocked as demand for their services soars. Peter was part of a feature mentioning unsung heroes on BBC East Midlands today 21/07/2020.
  • Dronfield food charity gets Rotary lifeline as demand for services doubles

    A Dronfield food charity has seen demand for its services double since the start of the Covid crisis.  With the help of the local supermarkets and a vital supply lifeline from Rotary4foodbanks they are now providing food parcels to over 100 local families in need every week. “Before March we had 100 individuals on our […]
  • Rotary teams up with local foodbanks to fight hunger

    A NEW initiative by Rotary is helping to support Sheffield foodbanks as they face unprecedented demand for their services. Sheffield foodbanks, in common with those accross the country, are facing a massive increase in demand as a result of the Covid19 crisis. More and mode families are facing increasing hardship and are turning to foodbanks […]
  • Rotary helps out as local charity sees demand double and fundraising fall by £40,000

    Canaan Trust – a charity which supports homeless and vulnerable people in Erewash and Broxtowe – has seen demand for its services double since the start of the Covid crisis.  But having to cancel fundraising events like their annual sleepout has left them short of resources to meet local need. Kevin Curtis, Canaan Trust’s project […]
  • Plant Sale with a difference raises over £2,900 for Jigsaw Foodbank

    For many years the Wirksworth Rotary Club has run a plant sale in May to raise money for local good causes. A few years ago we teamed up with the Transition Wirksworth Community Growers in order to expand our offering to include vegetables and herbs as well as traditional bedding plants and perennials.
  • Sandiacre ‘Man with Van’ provides local lifeline as part of £100,000 foodbank scheme

    Retired physics teacher Pete Wearn has found himself behind the wheel of a major local initiative to keep hard-pressed foodbanks stocked as demand for their services soars. Now he is quite literally one of the driving forces behind Rotary4foodbanks, an initiative to help ensure no-one across the East Midlands and South Yorkshire goes hungry as a result of the Covid crisis.
  • Rotary4Foodbanks interview on BBC Radio Sheffield

    Rotarian John Stamp was interviewed about the Rotary4foodbanks project by Becky Measures on her breakfast show, Saturday 11th July.
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