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What’s in a food parcel?

Our foodbank provides around three days of nutritionally balanced, non-perishable food.

The Trussell Trust has worked with nutritionists to ensure food parcels contains sufficient nutrition for at least three days worth of healthy, balanced meals for individuals and families.

All our food is donated by schools, churches, private/corporate donors and via collection boxes in various supermarkets including Lewisham & Elmers End Tesco and Beckenham & Bromley Waitrose.

A typical food parcel includes:

  • Breakfast cereal
  • Soup
  • Pasta/Rice/Noodles
  • Long-Life milk
  • Long-Life fruit juice
  • Pasta sauce
  • Tinned beans
  • Tinned meat
  • Tinned vegetables
  • Tinned fruit
  • Tea/coffee/hot chocolate
  • Biscuits
  • Snacks
  • Toilet paper

Extra items added to food parcels may include nappies, sugar, toiletries, cleaning products and special treats.

Dietary requirements

Our foodbank can usually adapt your food parcel to meet your dietary needs, for example, gluten free, halal or vegetarian. When you arrive at the foodbank centre, a volunteer will chat to you about any special dietary requirements you may have.

If you have a pet do let us know – sometimes we can donate dog/cat food.

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