About Swindon Food Collective

We are an independent food bank in Swindon.  

Welcome to Swindon Food Collective

Welcome to Swindon Food Collective. Your local food bank. 

We are an independent charity that aims to help people in Swindon, or the surrounding area who are suffering from financial hardship and finding it difficult to provide food for themselves, their family or dependants. We are here to help.

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What we do

We are an independent food bank in Swindon and currently feed nearly 10,000 people per year, one third of these are children.

We receive donations of non-perishable, tinned or dried food and toiletries from churches, schools, local companies, community groups, supermarkets and individuals. 

From these donations, food boxes are prepared for individuals, couples and families. We work with a large number of approved organisations, schools, doctors and social workers who can refer people in crisis to us. We provide food, a friendly chat and try to signpost people for further help. We have 11 distribution centres around Swindon and surrounding areas (with another one opening in Autumn 2023) where food can be collected.

Our Trustees

Meet the Swindon Food Collective Trustees

Debbie Edwards

Trustee & Vice Chair

Debbie started volunteering at Swindon Food Collective in 2019 before joining the Trust Board in January 2020.  Debbie is a former Chartered Legal Executive and borough councillor.  Debbie has many years of experience working in the community as a volunteer.  She is also treasurer of a school PTA.  

Vinay Manro

Trustee & Chairman

Vinay joined the Trust Board in 2023 bringing a fresh perspective to the Board. He has consulted in the public sector over the years, has been  Councillor at Swindon Borough Council, continues to be a local Parish Councillor, and has been part of a recent Government digital enhancement taskforce. Vinay brings business experience with an understanding of governance within public and charitable sector. He will be focusing on the strategy for the charity, as Swindon Food Collective continues to grow and provide essential support for people of Swindon.

Sandra Bradley


Sandra has volunteered at Swindon Food Collective since January 2020 after leaving WHSmith where she worked for 25 years as Books Trading Controller.  Sandra was co-opted to the board of trustees in January 2021.  

Tony Owen


Tony joined the Swindon Food Collective as a volunteer in 2019 after a career as a mechanical engineer. He worked for 20 years at BT in Procurement, Financial accounting, Quality Management Systems (introducing ISO 9001) and finally as an Auditor.  Tony was co-opted to the Board in May 2022.

Sally Austen


Sally joined Swindon Food Collective in 2021 as a volunteer. She was a project manager for over 25 years in a variety of organisations in both the public and private sectors, and has volunteered in the community since 2013. Sally was co-opted to the Board in May 2022.

Mike Davies


Mike was appointed as a Trustee in 2020. Mike is the Financial Analytics Manager for the National Trust and a Treasurer for a scouts group as well as being active on committees for amateur dramatics and other activities. He has previously been a school governor at primary and secondary level, and was a maths teacher for 14 years. Mike has lived in Swindon for almost 20 years and is keen to contribute to the town's well-being.

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