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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 milk, 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. When one of our team calls you to book your visit to one of our food bank welcome centres, they’ll ask you about the best emergency food for you. One of our volunteers at the welcome centre you visit will ask you too. Please do let them know – we want you to have the food you and your family need.

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