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Food Aid Alliance


NEWS: in light of rising fuel and other prices that will hit our service users very hard, the members of the FAAWN alliance have sent an open letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, asking for more help for people on low incomes. Read it here

We are all short of food to give to those in need - we need donations. Use the  directory below to identify a local project that you could donate food to.

Hope, who host the alliance, have published a report into local poverty, to which many FAAWN members contributed. Access it here:



FAAWN is an alliance of nearly 40 food aid providers - organisations such as foodbanks, social supermarkets, and community lunch clubs, amongst others - who have come together to collaborate in helping people in food poverty in our area.

We cover the entire West Northants area

 We believe that by working together we can make a real difference, helping feed more people, more effectively and with dignity.

 What we do

         We work together to gather funds and food for our collective use for people in need

  • We spend our funds fairly across our partners
  • We source and share food between us to ensure each food aid provider has enough to supply to people in need
  • We work to identify gaps and new needs, across all communities
  • We try to help each other work together and grow
  • We publish details about where people can get help in accessing food and other services
  • We work together to avoid duplication, and waste of food and funding
  • We work together to improve the way each of us operates, treating people fairly and with dignity
  • We can provide advice and signposting for welfare support
  • We campaign against food poverty and for resources to tackle it

We are registered as a food aid alliance with the national validating body, Food Power: see their site here

Read our tweets about our work here

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------   Getting Help

If you need help for yourself, or want to refer someone for help, the Directory available below lists local organisation who can supply food and other help. 

This is updated regularly (below, from May 22).

It describes the vast range of organisations in the alliance: how you can get help from each provider, their opening hours and restrictions; any charges they make; any restrictions on access.

Please let us know about any other services we have not listed and anything incorrect about what we have listed.

By organisation   HERE

By Day/time           HERE

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If you need help with issues like benefits or debts please contact:

CAB Northampton

CAB  Daventry

Community Law

National Debtline


School Meals: During school holidays your school should contact you as to how they will supply food, if you are on free school meals or have infants at school. They can offer parcels or vouchers. The Government guidance to schools is here


About the alliance

We don't all work the same way.  Check via the directory as to what services we offer. 

Some of us are faith based organised, some secular; some informal, some charities, some social enterprises, and we include groups from all communities.

We supply food alongside other basics, like toiletries - some of us give clothes and other things too.

Our aim is to feed people in poverty - whilst we feed some people who have other needs as well, everyone we feed is struggling financially. Our aim is to maximise our efforts by working together and sharing what we have, between ourselves to share with people in need.

Across the alliance we provide a wider range of help to people who come in, such as help with benefits, training or jobs

We all work to achieve the day when none of us exist - when food poverty is solved. But at the moment we have a duty, and there is so much need for collaborative work to help the most vulnerable.

We are linked to West Northants Sustainable Food Place, who work to improve access to food for all in this area

We have a steering group, meet monthly as a full group.

From June 16th 2022 we have an independent chair: Robin Burgess who tweets here. His email address in this capacity is

Do you want to volunteer in food aid? Contact ANY of our providers listed in the directory above


This webpage is hosted for the alliance by the Northampton Hope Centre, who also source and manage funding, and store and distribute food for alliance members.

Read about Hope's food work here

If you need to contact us, ring 01604214300 or email