Food Banks in Calderdale

List of Food Banks in Calderdale

During this unprecedented time, Calderdale’s food banks, which are mainly led by volunteers, are relying on the kindness of our communities even more than usual. All food and financial donations will be very gratefully received by the food banks to help them top up their supplies.

This page will be updated at least on a weekly basis.

Includes information about:

  • Current Operations
  • Donating food
  • Food supply
  • General Support
  • Donating money
  • Volunteering at a food bank
  • Generosity and Kindness
  • Street based provision
  • Free School Meals

Virtual Volunteer Hub

VVHWant to help?

Look online for how to contact groups in your area. We are creating a directory of groups who are working locally to help people who need support. We will post updates on here as we get them.

We know that lots of people have already set up local groups to support their local neighbours and friends during this difficult time with shopping and other basic needs. We want to encourage people to link up with local neighbours and groups where those already exist. We have put together some guidance about doing this safely and in line with the latest public health guidance. Please see here.

If you have any questions about how to volunteer safely please have a look at our webpages or email us at

No group in your area?

Contact us at  and we will give you some guidance on starting a group or helping out. Guidance is also on our webpages here:

Self-isolating? Need some support and help for basic shopping and medication pick up?

Please contact us if you or someone that you know needs some help whilst self-isolating.  We will let you know about local support in your area, including home delivery shopping services.

Lots of services are being offered on the phone including our staying well service which will help with anyone who is feeling lonely during this difficult time.  If you or someone you know is unable to get shopping or other basic needs through someone they know locally please email us and we will try and find someone local to them who can help them with these things.

Please email  We can put you in touch with volunteer or local groups.

Update on Volunteer offers

Thank you so much for offering  to volunteer. We really appreciate it. The Council are currently prioritising matching volunteers to the people who have been asked by the NHS and government to self-isolate because they are at risk and don’t have friends or family who can help them to get essential shopping of medicines. We will be working through that list of vulnerable people first so please bear with us. We will contact you again once those real priorities emerge.

Thank you once again.

Calderdale Council


Posted on 24/03/2020 by Calderdale Council

Cllr Tim SwiftThe Leader of Calderdale Council, Councillor Tim Swift said:

“Just over a week ago, I said that we are facing the greatest challenge since the Second World War. Today I repeat that statement.

“The Prime Minister’s announcement last night means that every single resident of Calderdale, before they leave their door, must consider if this is absolutely essential.  The only reasons you may leave home are:

  • to go to work (but work from home if possible);
  • to shop for groceries, medicine and other essentials (infrequently);
  • to exercise outside (once a day);
  • to provide care or help a vulnerable person or
  • for any medical need.

“If you are not doing any of these things please stop and think again. This virus will continue to spread if people do not follow the Government’s advice.

“The health and wellbeing of every single one of us, young and old, of good health or in poor health, depends on the actions we do or do not take today. We are putting further guidance in place on these measures as we receive it.

“We all know this is difficult, but we are in unprecedented times.  The Council today is reviewing again every service and activity we undertake.  We always focus on the most vulnerable and the most in need.  We are a place of kindness and resilience and now our overarching focus must be on this.

“We will be updating you on further impacts to the Council as soon as possible.  We are also working to launch a support hub for the most vulnerable this week. We have written to businesses about the announcements made by the Government and will make financial support available as soon as we receive it from the Government.

“Thank you for your care, your kindness and spirit of togetherness.  We know how unsettling this is but we will get through this together.

Thank you.”

Active Calderdale How to Keep Active during Covid19

Self-isolation, working from home, change of routine, entertaining children? It’s more important now than ever to be active. Physical activities help us de-stress, boost our mood and maintain muscle strength, flexibility and balance too.

Current Government advice is to go outside for a walk, run or cycle provided we’re well and meet the latest guidance on social distancing. The sun is shining, sky is blue, what better excuse do you need!  It’s easy to stay active in your home too.

Active Calderdale have pulled together links, tips and tools to help you and your loved ones move more, whatever your circumstances. It could be dancing with your kids, home based gentle exercise, or using your saved communte/school run time to do a brisk 10 minute walk or start your 30 minute Couch to 5K journey.

Share what you’re doing to be active on Instagram and Twitter, using the hashtags #ActiveCdale and #Stayinworkout

Coronavirus and Volunteering – how you can help

” “We are living through extraordinary times” an understatement but crikey, it brings out the best in so many of us.”
Alison Haskins, Halifax Opportunities Trust CEO.

Due to overwhelming offers of help across Calderdale there is now a volunteering hub in place to support those in need during the Coronavirus situation.

The virtual hub run by Calderdale Council and VSI Alliance will try to help coordinate any offer to help and match volunteers to people and groups that need help. They can also help with advice and support for informal groups. 

The hub can be contacted for:
  • Advice and support
  • Registering your interest to help/support our communities
  • Registering your request for support

Express your Interest

Volunteers provide a great service to the community and we frankly couldn’t do Staying Well without them but we urge you at this time to put your own health first if you fall into…

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Important notice from Halifax Academy

Important information from North East Neighbourhood Team

Please be aware that all Ward Forums are cancelled until further notice.

As the situation regarding Coronavirus continues to develop we understand that for lots of people this is a worrying time especially if you are or know someone who is elderly, or has a health condition.

From this week the North and East Neighbourhood Team will be suspending all non-essential meetings and activities.

Instead we will be monitoring community issues and offering advice and support to communities where we can, in partnership with the Council, the Police, the voluntary sector and our Staying Well colleagues.

To report a community issue, or if you know someone who is isolated or vulnerable, or if you are a community group and would like some advice our Neighbourhood Team office number is 0300 555 0266.

However please be aware that if we do not answer we may be working from home and might not pick up your message. If we do not answer please email us at, or message us on Facebook @halifaxnorthandeast

We will continue to share community information that we receive on the North East Halifax Blog.

Click here to read a statement from Councillor Tim Swift, Leader of Calderdale Council that outlines a 10 point plan for Calderdale in response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus).