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South Derbyshire CVS Food Projects


Food Bank 

The service provides free emergency food parcels to families and individuals in the South Derbyshire area. We also have a fridge and freezer so are also able to support service users with fresh food donated by local businesses.

Anyone who is in need of emergency food can access the service. On the first occasion that you need a parcel, you can refer yourself to the service. For each food parcel after that, you will need to provide a referral form to the CVS before you will be given a parcel.

Agencies that provide referral letters include the Job Centre, South Derbyshire District Council, Social Care, Housing.

When is it open?  Monday to Friday 8.30am 4.00 pm


Public Community Fridge

The public fridge is available to any member of the public who wishes to access good quality unwanted food. You can pick up anything from surplus veg to bread to sealed packaged foods, all free and in their use by date. You may also find dented tins or food that is past it’s best before date but available under disclaimer. All we ask it that you make a note of items that you are taking so that we can see how much food we are saving from being wasted.

When is it open?  Monday to Friday 10.00 am to 3.00 pm


Donating to the Food Bank or Community Fridge

These services could not run without kind donations for which we are extremely grateful. If you wish to make a donation to either the Food Bank or Public Community Fridge, please bring your items to the reception at CVS Offices 46 - 48 Grove Street Swadlincote. Alternatively, there are drop-off points in a number of local shops where you can leave non-perishable foods:

Co-op, Woods Lane, Stapenhill 

Co-op, Burton Road, Overseal

Co-op, Repton Road, Willington

Co-op, Station Road, Hatton

Swadlincote Library, Civic Way, Swadlincote

Morrisons, Coppice Side, Swadlincote

Sainsbury's, Civic Way, Swadlincote

Sainsbury's Local, Burton Road, Midway

Sainsbury's Local, Glamorgan Way, Church Gresley


If you would like to donate to the Food Bank, we are always in need of the following items:

UHT Milk

Tea bags and coffee


Pasta, rice and noodles

Pasta and curry sauces

Jam, peanut butter, chocolate spread, marmite and marmalade

Tins of: fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, soup, puddings and rice pudding

Breakfast cereals

Fruit juice / squash

Shampoo, shower gel, toothpaste, razors, sanitary products and toilet rolls

Dog food

Cat food

For more information call us on 01283 219761, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thank you! 


Buh-Doof Food Hub - Social Eating in Swadlincote

The Buh-Doof Food Hub is a project which encourages social eating in Swadlincote. Buh-Doof makes only freshly cooked, top quality, tasty food which is cooked by a dedicated team of volunteers in five star food hygiene rated kitchens. 

The meals are open to anyone in the local area and provide a great opportunity to meet new people in the community. Everyone is welcome! 

Food allergies, intolerances, vegetarians and vegans are all catered for. 

How much does it cost? 

All the meals are 'pay what you can', so you can pay as much or as little as you can afford. It's a great way to eat out with your family or friends without it having to break the bank! 

When are the meals? 

The evening meals are held on the first and third Monday of every month at Oakland Bistro, Hall Farm Road, Swadlincote, DE11 8ND.  Doors open at 6.30pm.

The lunch meals are held on the fourth Thursday of each month at St. Georges Community Hall, Church Street, Church Gresley, Swadlincote, DE11 9NR. Doors open at 11.30 am.   

To find out more, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or call 01283 219761. Buh-Doof is also on Facebook - search for 'buh-doof' for invitations to all the meals, recipes and more. 

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