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To put wine and chocolate in the food bank?

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Nunyabusiness Wed 20-Sep-17 09:19:02

Picked up a miniature white wine and a 5 pack of twirls, husband was aghast. My view is that people who are struggling to feed their families wouldn't have funds for such treats.

(I did also put tinned fruit and veg in, by the way!)

OtterlyNutty Tue 26-Sep-17 14:36:30

For anyone who doesn't think we should donate to foodbanks this is worth a watch
www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p059b6sp/professor-green-living-in-poverty

Ragwort Tue 26-Sep-17 08:31:51

Just to emphasise, again, that it really is best to check with your local Food Bank what they want, we put a request out for sanitary towels etc but now have a mountain of them ............ together with the mountain of pasta, rice, baked beans and tea bags.

FeeLock28 Mon 25-Sep-17 19:46:20

I always put in a couple of packets of sanitary towels.

TrojanWhore Mon 25-Sep-17 17:27:09

Not (well-hung) grouse - not everyone would have the facilities to cook them

But stuff in aspic is a seriously good idea! And on the same note, things like little tins of upmarket pate probably make a nice change from Shippams meat paste jars.

SingaporeSlinky Mon 25-Sep-17 17:12:25

Thanks to this thread, I have gone out to Tesco today and filled a basket to hand over for the DC's school Harvest Festival, which is going to the local food bank. I'd normally not give it much thought and throw a few cans in from the cupboard but I thought about the tips from this thread and put a mixture of things from the current needed list, plus some treats and toiletries.

Broken11Girl Sun 24-Sep-17 04:18:53

Oh yes and definitely san pro, toilet paper and toiletries.

Broken11Girl Sun 24-Sep-17 04:18:06

I am from a middle-class background. Love olives, have a tin of Waitrose essentials ones in the cupboard grin I had a bad time and ended up in a hostel a few years ago. I had a microwave, toaster and kettle, nothing else to cook with and little space to prepare food. Little storage space either, mini fridge, small cupboard. Minimal crockery etc, little money to buy any, little space. This was in one small room, so you don't want strong cooking smells or lots of rubbish.
I did use a food bank.
I would have appreciated, and donate now:
Light stuff, I was given a load of tins. I had no money for transport so had to walk 30 min each way. Plus up to 3rd floor room, no lift. With physical and mental health issues, and not having had enough to eat. I would cry with exhaustion. Please consider things like the plastic pots of baked beans, cup-a-soup, just add boiling water packet noodles and pasta.
No drain tuna (see, light and tiny room, also had no colander), especially the John West ones with flavourings.
The microwave pots of pasta or rice and sauce. Dolmio, Uncle Bens etc, also some supermarkets have own brand versions.
Gluten-free/ free from stuff. It's not a fad. Poor people can have allergies / intolerances. I tried eating gluten again as many foods are so much cheaper, but the symptoms, agonising stomach pain etc, meant it wasn't worth it.
I would have loved some chocolate - and wine, but understand why that isn't allowed.

Arealhumanbeing Sun 24-Sep-17 02:28:09

Why not hung in a couple of grouse, some pheasant in aspic, quails' eggs and edible gold leaf while you're at it?

I might at Christmas! What a lovely idea. Thanks for the inspo. wink

I always put in biscuits, chocolate and jars of Nutella. Kid's toothbrushes with characters on etc.

I read somewhere that people can get a bit strange when donating and kind of fall into the idea that those using food banks have to do so through some fault of their own and therefore shouldn't be thinking about having a biscuit or a bar of chocolate.

They should be crying and taking a good hard look at themselves! Shouldn't they, @CoughLaughFart .

It's useful to know that tampons are in short supply as they're never on the list and also that selection boxes are acceptable. Such a shame you can't donate wine.

salsmum Sun 24-Sep-17 02:17:09

I agree donating by check is probably a pain it would be better if the supermarket had fb type gift cards so that we could put an amount of money on them and put the card in a secure box in the supermarket for collection by the fb to buy what's needed.

oldlaundbooth Sun 24-Sep-17 02:09:44

Some incredibly mean spirited people on here.

And luckily some incredibly kind ones too.

It never occurred to me but kids who are on free school meals won't get anything during the school holidays so most parents do turn to food banks.

CoughLaughFart Sun 24-Sep-17 01:38:01

Nice cheese, good olive oil, olives and fresh vegetables - those are the sorts of luxuries that you can only dream of on a budget and the things that make a difference to your health. If you want to spoil the recipients, then buy some quality olives, or a cheeseboard set or something.

Why not hung in a couple of grouse, some pheasant in aspic, quails' eggs and edible gold leaf while you're at it?

peaceloveandbiscuits Sat 23-Sep-17 19:14:29

I donated some tinned fruit and men's deodorant today. I looked out for the shopping list they provided at the donation point (in the supermarket), which I wouldn't have done if it weren't for this thread!

bookbook Fri 22-Sep-17 22:09:52

Essential - thats what I do . Our nearest collection point is a Waitrose. It has a B & M stores just a few yards away. So I go to B & M to do the shop and then leave it at the collection point . Its all branded stuff there at really good prices - I did ask the Waitrose manager if it was okay, and he was fine with it.

EssentialHummus Fri 22-Sep-17 21:40:08

What I sometimes do (in case others have been equally dense about the possibility) is add stuff for the food bank when I do our shop at Aldi/Lidl, then drop it off at the nearest Tesco/Waitrose with a collection point - the FB collection is by the door and no one cares it's from elsewhere. Just means my donation budget goes further.

Rachel0Greep Fri 22-Sep-17 20:58:39

Not a food bank, but I know some local people who volunteer with the homeless; they will let it be known each week, what they need.
Chocolate is often asked for. Alcohol, no, absolutely not.
All the usual food staples, plus toiletries.

It's handy to know what will be most useful.
I try to give anytime I can. They do marvellous work.

ShovellerDuck Fri 22-Sep-17 20:23:35

I always put in things children like, it must be awful giving your kids only the boring essentials. Peanut butter, multipack cereals, chocolate and biscuits, jellies. Also cat and dog food so families can keep their pets when times are hard.

WetDogLovesHubert Fri 22-Sep-17 16:40:51

Reading this thread meant I did a separate mini shop this morning and put in a load of items to my shop's foodbank box. Thank you for everyone's positive contributions; it's well worth it for raising awareness.

maddiemookins16mum Fri 22-Sep-17 16:24:31

I am going to make a conscious effort every time I go now, even if it's a tin of Ambosia custard and tinned peaches, that might just make someones day during a shitty time.
also going to look at putting together a Christmas hamper, am googling this as I type (well you know what I mean). If I start now, it means I might not notice it so much, if that makes sense, weekly shop bill wise).

Andylion Fri 22-Sep-17 15:47:17

If this thread had made even one more person (and I suspect it truly has) pop something in their trolley to put in the food bank box then that has to be a good thing.

This thread made me go to my local food bank's website and set up a monthly donation. I can't believe I only ever thought of it at Christmas or when I happened to notice they were having a donation drive. shock

DeleteOrDecay Fri 22-Sep-17 15:13:43

I donated some cat and dog food and some free from stuff when doing my weekly shop today. I wouldn't have thought to donate these things if it wasn't for this thread so thanks op for starting it, it's been very enlightening.

Want2bSupermum Fri 22-Sep-17 13:06:54

At hotels DH keeps the toiletries from the bathroom and they are donated. The hotels throw it out anyway so it's great it doesn't go to waste.

HunterofStars Fri 22-Sep-17 12:31:31

Thank you, OP for starting this thread flowers.

I took a bag of stuff down to my Foodbank this morning, I gave them sanpro, bars of Dove soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, baby wipes, women's deodorants, men's deodorants, which my dbro gave me to donate, porridge pots, shampoo and some of those Kelloggs mini cereals.

All of which was gratefully received and they gave me a list of stuff they need atm. Toiletries was one of the things desperately needed atm so will provide them some more.

rightsofwomen Fri 22-Sep-17 10:34:03

Food Banks

scampimom Fri 22-Sep-17 10:27:57

So sorry if this has been asked upthread but I haven't RTFT. Does anyone know how to find your nearest food bank? Is there like some central registry?

maddiemookins16mum Fri 22-Sep-17 10:26:15

This thread has been an eye opener. Our church donates food to a local one but I spotted a large crate/container in Tesco this morning and added some bits - disposable cutlery included.

If this thread had made even one more person (and I suspect it truly has) pop something in their trolley to put in the food bank box then that has to be a good thing.

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