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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, plus several Sainsbury’s and Tesco local stores.

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
  • Shower gel
  • Fresh fruit & veg in season

Extra items added to food parcels may include nappies, sanitary items, 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/dairy 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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