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 Havant borough 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 are running low, so Havant Borough Council is calling on residents to keep these vital organisations topped up with supplies.

Cllr Tim Pike, Deputy Leader of Havant Borough Council and Cabinet Lead of Planning, Regeneration and Communities, said: “For many people the current situation has brought financial hardship which, in some cases, means they are relying on food banks to keep going.

“Now more than ever, community food banks in the borough are working tirelessly to support residents who find themselves in challenging and difficult situations.

“At the same time, it is harder for people to help them as donation points in community centres and churches are closed, and fewer people are visiting supermarkets and shops.”

Havant Borough 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 to access to food, please contact the Hampshire Help4Vulnerable helpline on 0333 370 4000.

You can also find a huge range of information from Citizens Advice www.citizensadvicehavant.org or speak to advisors by calling 03444 111 306.

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 Havant Borough