The Foodbank Donation Thread

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  • MSE_Laura_F
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    Brie, you're a gem. Thanks!
  • beanielou
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    Remember foodbanks are always looking for carrier bags.
    They use a LOT in a week!
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  • toby3210
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    No one has a right, I agree, but I do have compassion for others less fortunate than I am. As such, I like to donate to my foodbank every so often. I think they do a great job in the community. 
  • avenue12
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    Interesting! I help at a Top Up shop at a church. These were started as Food banks have tight criteria for help and usually refer people who are on benefits. As low paid people, who work, also need help Top Up Shop were born.
    In these volunteers drive to collect food and products from local supermarkets weekly, then charge £2 or so for a basket of food.
    the customers select the items they wish from each table.
     Tea and cake and support is on offer too.
    We have had covid and flu jabs done on site and apply for any local vouchers for customers, such as the Iceland. scheme etc.
    The churches collect from local households who collect also and buy extra stuff themselves.
    We help anyone free who walks in off the street who have no money. e.g. homeless, people in debt etc.
    Advice is also on hand and help filling firms for benefits or any other need. Now that the citizens advice is so hard to access we are getting busier.


  • MSE_Laura_F
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    Just to say, we have a bit about food bank apps in the How to donate to a food bank section of MSE's Free Food guide. It mentions Bank the Food and also Donation Genie. But any real-life thoughts/reviews/anecdotes about them would be very interesting to read, so please do let me know.

    I didn't realise that about carrier bags, @beanielou - thank you!


  • beanielou
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    Just to say, we have a bit about food bank apps in the How to donate to a food bank section of MSE's Free Food guide. It mentions Bank the Food and also Donation Genie. But any real-life thoughts/reviews/anecdotes about them would be very interesting to read, so please do let me know.

    I didn't realise that about carrier bags, @beanielou - thank you!


    I used to be a foodbank trustee so I know all sorts of useless information!  
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  • Brie
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    MSE_Laura_F 

    so the word from the foodbank is they are not really impressed so far with the BanktheFood app.  
    The general impression is that people will buy what they think is needed without reference to an app. 

    it's no more up to date than any other info that might be posted at shops mostly, I think, because no one has the time to keep all the info up to date!!  I'm going to ask more about this over the coming week but it may be simply down to the fact that the central office is understaffed currently so no one is updating things.

    I'll be chatting with someone more in the know tomorrow and will come back when I know more.
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  • Brie
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    beanielou said:
    Just to say, we have a bit about food bank apps in the How to donate to a food bank section of MSE's Free Food guide. It mentions Bank the Food and also Donation Genie. But any real-life thoughts/reviews/anecdotes about them would be very interesting to read, so please do let me know.

    I didn't realise that about carrier bags, @beanielou - thank you!
    I used to be a foodbank trustee so I know all sorts of useless information!  
    More useless info....FBs can often use a variety of bags.  The real heavy duty ones for those that need to schlep a weeks worth of tinned stuff home on the bus.  Bag for life for those that might have a car.  Smaller bags so they can package up a meal - a selection of root veg ready for making soup or a stew.  These are essential since (as we know) it's cheaper to buy in bulk but very few of us want or can use 20 pounds of potatoes or onions.  

    Laura - will look at the other thread - amazing what's on MSE that one might never have seen before!!
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  • RAS
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    I've used DonateGenie. I'd previously asked staff there what they want, and used that as a basis for my donations but currently they want soups as well, apparently. So the list is updated at intervals

    Interestingly, the other foodbank in the city has too much soup.
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  • MSE_Laura_F
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    Hello lovely folk. I know that some supermarkets put up a list of items the local food bank is short on. Have any of you spotted such a list in your supermarket? A photo, if possible, would be particularly appreciated!

    I'm trying to gather some general tips about how to find out what items are needed.

    Thank you. 🙏
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