Food banks are designed to provide short-term, emergency support with food during a crisis. They aim to relieve that immediate pressure by providing food, but also offer additional support so that people don't need to use the food bank again in the future. Food banks and food share hubs across Torfaen work with a range of partners to ensure that people are signposted to the most appropriate support for their needs.
You can find your local food bank at Moriah Chapel on Broad Street in Blaenavon, run by Victory Church. You will need a voucher to access a food bank and this can be arranged by the Healthy Blaenavon Officer.
For further information on food banks in Torfaen see the link below.
You can also top up your food supplies using the local Fare Share at Bethlehem Chapel or Community Pantry
In Blaenavon, there is also a local Fare Share at Bethlehem Chapel on Thursdays between 10am and 12.
The aim of the scheme is to re-distribute surplus food that would otherwise go to waste.
Outside of these hours, you can pop along to the community pantry, run by a local family and promoted through social media.
You don’t need a referral or to be struggling financially as the aim is both to fight hunger and tackle food waste.
For local assistance with food parcels and access to a range of grants including for essential items and priority bills, contact the Building Resilient Communities Team.
Paying your housing costs
Whether you are a tenant in the social or private sector, or a homeowner, ask for advice and support at the earliest opportunity if you think you will have difficulty paying your rent and/or bills.
You can contact your landlord or mortgage provider direct to request a short term change to payment arrangements or get in touch with the Housing Support Gateway for longer term support.
The Support Gateway will ask you some questions about your circumstances and signpost or refer you to the most appropriate advice, information or support.