Don't forget to donate to your local food bank

Friday, 17 April, 2020

Don’t forget to donate to your local food bank during the coronavirus outbreak.

Food banks in East Hampshire have long been a source of support for struggling residents, but their value is increasing during the current crisis as more and more people turn to them for basic items.

But heavy demand and a reduction in donations has meant stocks can run low, so East Hampshire District Council is calling on residents to keep these vital organisations topped up with supplies.

Cllr Julie Butler, Deputy Leader of East Hampshire District Council and Portfolio Holder for Welfare and Community Integration, said: “Food banks are always a vital lifeline for some of our most vulnerable residents, but now, when they are most needed, we are seeing donations drop off.

“People are spending less time out of their homes and many are struggling with finances during the outbreak, so it is understandable that fewer donations have been made.

“But please remember that food banks need your support now more than ever and the work they are doing in our communities is absolutely crucial, so please don’t forget to donate.”

East Hampshire District Council is working with a network of volunteers to help people in difficulties during the coronavirus crisis and will often turn to food banks to make deliveries to people in need.

If you need help getting food, please contact the Hampshire Help4Vulnerable helpline on 0333 370 4000.

You can also find a huge range of information from Citizens Advice https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/east-hampshire/ or speak to advisors by calling 0300 330 9028.

If you would like to support our local food banks, you will find donations points in many of the local supermarkets, you can drop food off direct or you can make an online financial contribution to help them purchase essential supplies.

Items to donate include:

  • long life milk
  • small bags/packs cereals, porridge oats
  • tea bags, hot chocolate
  • tinned meat
  • rice
  • small bags sugar
  • custard, rice pudding
  • toothbrushes, shampoo

Food banks in East Hampshire