Arena Community foodbank is based at the Community Hub on Belfield Street, Ilkeston. The foodbank was started in response to the needs within Cotmanhay and Ilkeston. It was clear that individuals and families were struggling to afford even the most basic necessities.
The foodbank in Ilkeston began by providing lunch to those in need and was based at The Arena, Rutland Street, Ilkeston. Food was donated by members of Arena Church. It has now grown from a wooden pallet of donations to a warehouse.
The foodbank is open every Tuesday and Friday 12pm-2pm serving hot food and drinks, and providing a safe place for people to sit and chat. We are also able to provide food parcels with a 3-day provision through a means-tested interview. Arena Community has been able to create good partnerships with local businesses who regularly donate to the foodbank, and it is also supported by people signing up to our One Thousand Club.
Between 2011 and 2016, we gave away 8,324 food parcels to families and individuals in hardship. Over 47% of all food parcels given out are for families of 3 or more.
We serve an average of 85 meals a week, and over 100 a week during Christmas. We have connections with local housing charities to help tenants that are in dire need of food.