In June 2010, Arena Church, in partnership with Arena Community charity no 1115569, launched its own foodbank as a result of an increasing awareness of the number of people within Ilkeston who had no food and were in need of emergency supplies. It started on the simple but effective premise whereby the people of the church brought groceries as often as they could and a team were then on hand to sort, pack and distribute. Since then, we have given out thousands of parcels to families and single people in Ilkeston and surrounding areas and this number is increasing in light of the financial climate we find ourselves in.

From 8th January 2013 we will be moving into our  new Arena Community Bank Building on Belfield Street, Ilkeston.  Foodbank will now be run from this building and we are working towards launching a Furniture and Clothing bank from this facility.  Further details to follow.

If you are able to help with donations of food or money, or help in any way, please do not hesitate to contact us on 0115 9442996 or email Any contribution, large or small will make a difference.