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What’s in a food parcel?

Our food bank provides three days of nutritionally balanced, non-perishable food, and essential toiletries, for each person in your household.

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

A typical food parcel includes:

  • Breakfast cereals
  • Soup
  • Pasta, rice and/or noodles
  • Pasta sauce
  • Tinned fish
  • Tinned meat (unless vegetarian or halal)
  • Tinned vegetables
  • Tinned fruit
  • Tinned or dried beans, pulses, lentils
  • Tea or coffee
  • Long-life milk and juice
  • Biscuits
  • Snacks
  • Basic toiletries, including loo roll, hand wash, laundry tablets and washing up liquid. We can also provide toothbrushes and toothpaste, sanitary products, nappies and baby food, shampoo, deodorant etc – just let us know what you need when you’re referred to us.

Dietary and cultural food requirements

Our food bank can adapt your food parcel to meet your dietary and cultural needs, for example, if you need gluten-free, halal or vegetarian items, or food more suitable for someone who is diabetic. Please tell us when you come to one of our welcome centres – we want you to have the food you and your family need. Please also tell us about any food allergies you have.

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