Food and household basics for those in need

New Forest Basics Bank provides basics for people in need locally

The New Forest Basics Bank supplies food and household necessities to people who are struggling on low or no income in Lymington and the New Forest.  And we can all help bybasics bank provides food and household goods for those in need donating food and household goods in Waitrose and Tesco.  If we remember when we start our shopping and buy bogoffs it’s a win win!

Food bank usage increasing as more and more people need help with basics

According to research by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation nearly four out of 10 households with children, or 8.1 million people, live below an income level regarded by the public as the minimum needed to participate in society, and there are many people who are disadvantaged in this way living in our midst in the New Forest.

Whatever the individual circumstances and/or the politics, for those of us who have plenty, Christmas is a particularly poignant time to be aware of this.  And there is a something all of us who wish to, can do to help.

Basics Bank will help anybody who doesn’t have means to feed themselves or their family with food pending other arrangements, on a referral basis by agencies which give food vouchers to the individuals concerned.

Here in Lymington it is run by a wonderful team of volunteers based in the United Reform church.  It is completely non discriminatory, and fills a local need.

Food and household necessities - collection from our local supermarkets

As well as financial donations which are a simple way to help and volunteers who are always needed to join the team, Basics Bank welcomes donations in terms of non perishable food and other consumables and there are boxes for these on the way out of both Tesco and Waitrose in Lymington.

The kinds of items which are requested include:

  • Tinned meats and other tins: eg hot dogs, meat balls, fish, 
  • Jars of paste, fish and meat
  • Long life ready meals
  • Tinned vegetables including potatoes
  • Pasta, packets of noodles, pot noodles
  • Tins of fruit, custard, rice puddings, jams, marmalades etc
  • UHT milk, coffee, biscuits savoury and sweet, cereals
  • Washing up liquid, shampoo, shower gel
  • Tooth brushes and paste, toilet rolls

It's easy to get the idea - stuff which will keep!  And if we remember when we start our shopping we can collect extra at little extra cost to ourselves by taking advantages of the offers currently running.

More information: https://localgiving.org/charity/newforestbasicsbank/

New Forest Basics Bank
Telephone: 01590 610008
Address: C/o Lymington United Reformed Church, Lymington, Hampshire, SO41 9AG
Established in: 2004
Registered charity no.: 1150170