EASTLEIGH BASICS BANK

Eastleigh Basics Bank was set-up by the churches of Eastleigh to support those who are experiencing financial difficulty and need short term support through the provision of food.

Support comes with a mix of tins, packets and boxed food as well as fresh produce when we have it available. We ask clients at the time about any special dietary requirements and try to meet those needs as far as our limited stock allows us to.

The bulk of our food is donated by the generous people of Eastleigh and the surrounding area as well as a coupple of local supermarkets. Everyone who serves as part of the Eastleigh Basics Bank team is a volunteer and they are on hand to offer a cup of tea and a chat to those who want it while their food parcels are being prepared.

If you are in need of support and a week's supply of food will help, you will need to get yourself referred to us. There are many local agencies that hold our vouchers and can if appropriate issue you with a voucher to get some food. Choosing the best agency to go to depends on your situation. A helpful list of links in the section below, simply click on a logo to visit their website.

Once you have been given one of our food vouchers you can bring it in to the Eastleigh Basics Bank shop on any Tuesday or Thursday between 10am and 3pm. There you can exchange it for up to 5 days of food for the number of individuals stated on the form. While you wait for your food to be sorted you can sit and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee served by our friendly volunteers.

If you have any questions please do contact us and we will be happy to guide you as best we can, we understand it takes courage to ask for help.

Below are just some of the organisations that hold our vouchers. Click on the link to go to their website.

LATEST NEWS...

Last updated 24th July 2020

The coronavirus attack is having a huge impact on all our lives and hundreds of people in our area are experiencing job insecurity, illness and isolatiion. Shopping, even online, is not an option for many.

Demand for our services has exploded since March and we've already provided food for 2,852 people this year - more than in any whole year since we were founded in 2011.   People in Eastleigh have been incredibly generous and we continue to receive donations of both food and money to keep our show on the road.   With the support of One Community delivery volunteers we are now providing food and household supplies (basic toiletries and cleaning products) to around 120 people a week from Eastleigh, Bishopstoke, Fair Oak, Chandler's Ford and beyond.

We fed 2,451 people during 2019 and we've fed 21,465 people since we first opened.

STOCK UPDATE

Last updated 5th August 2020

We are facing challenging times at Eastleigh Basics Bank as we are seeing the highest ever level of demand on our services.

We really appreciate any donations, especially of the following items.  Items in most urgent need are highlighted in bold:

  • Tinned meat meals (stew, hot dogs, ravioli, curry, spag.bol., beans & sausages etc)
  • Tinned ham & corned beef
  • Tinned potatoes
  • Dried spaghetti
  • Cook-in-sauces
  • Instant Noodles / Pasta Sauces
  • Tinned fruit
  • Sugar
  • Tinned rice pudding
  • Custard
  • Shampoo
  • Soap
  • Shower gel
  • Soap
  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste & toothbrushes
  • Laundry capsules
  • Washing up liquid
  • Dog food
  • Cat food
  • Nappies - size 6
  • Tinned spaghetti
  • Cereal
  • Squash & long life fruit juice
  • Spreads (jam, honey, peanut butter etc.) 
  • Desserts (sponge puddings, jelly etc)
  • Loo rolls

While we are always grateful for any food given to us, we do have plenty of stock of some products to last us for a few months, specifically: baked beans, soup, milk and biscuits.  We also have plenty of nappies up to size 4.

Stock donations can be made at: our Basics Bank shop in Wells Place, Eastleigh (Tuesday & Thursday 10am - 3pm) or any of these places:

  • Asda (Chandler's Ford)
  • Co-op (Winchester Rd, Chandler's Ford)
  • Lidl (Eastleigh)
  • Marks & Spencer Food (Eastleigh)
  • Sainsbury (Eastleigh)
  • Tesco (Swan Centre, Eastleigh)
  • Waitrose (Chandler's Ford)
  • Goadsby Estate Agent (Eastleigh and Chandler's Ford branches)

Thank you!

 

Our Supporters