Westbury Area Network (WAN) initially developed in the early stages of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, to provide support to the people of Westbury and the surrounding villages in unprecedented times. WAN was formally established as a charity (reg. 1194748) in 2021, having identified - as the pandemic has eased - a continuing need for emergency food support among the most vulnerable in the local community.
Based at Westbury Community Project on Eden Vale, WAN operates both the Food Bank and Community Fridge, managed by a team of seven trustees and a small army of dedicated, enthusiastic volunteers.
In autumn 2022, WAN moved to a new space within Westbury Community Project, with the Food Bank and Community Fridge adjacent to each other and easily accessible for both service users and volunteers.
The Food Bank prepares emergency food parcels to members of the community on a referral basis, either as a one-off or as an ongoing means of support. A range of local organisations have the capacity to refer people in need to WAN for Food Bank support, including Crosspoint, Wiltshire Council (various services), schools, churches, and more.
Each Food Bank parcel is designed to provide a minimum of three days’ worth of essentials for a family, couple or individual. Items are selected to support balanced diets and include pasta, rice, tinned vegetables, meat and fish, microwaveable meals, pasta sauces, snacks and other long-life items. Also included are toiletries, household cleaning and other non-food products.
Food provided by the Food Bank is sources through a combination of regular donations from local supermarkets, collection points around Westbury, and other donations from individuals, local businesses, churches, schools and other community groups. WAN also uses financial donations to “top up” items most frequently used or to purchase specific items in cases of a shortage.
Food Bank parcels are generally collected by recipients from premises at Westbury Community Project, however delivery can be arranged for those with mobility issues or facing difficulties with transport.
Food Bank Referring Organisations
View the list of organisations can make referrals to the food bank.
Food Bank Opening Hours
For the collection of food parcels
While the Food Bank provides emergency food support to those most in need, WAN also operates a busy Community Fridge. Surplus fresh food is collected from local supermarkets and made available to the public at no cost, as a means of promoting food sharing, reducing food waste within the community and helping people save a few pennies too.
The Community Fridge is open to everyone and people can usually expect to find a range of bread, cakes and bakery goods, as well as fresh seasonal vegetables and sometimes freezer produce too.
No two days at the Community Fridge are the same and availability of produce can’t be guaranteed as it depends very much on the content of each day’s collection.
Community Fridge Opening Hours